Combine 3 cups of the flour and the other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
Mix in the water, eggs, and shortening. Knead by hand for approximately 10 minutes or 5-7 minutes in a mixer, adding more flour by the handful as necessary. The dough should still be tacky but not terribly wet.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
Allow it to rise a second time for an hour before shaping.
To shape the rolls, divide the dough into smaller pieces (if you are particular, use a scale to get them the same size).
Roll the pieces of dough into balls and cover them with a damp kitchen towel so they can relax for 5 minutes.
To shape them, first press them out into flat disks on a well floured surface.
Let them rest, covered, another 5 minutes.
Then I stretch the dough a bit thinner again and fold pieces up into the center. Press down in the center to seal it up tight.
Place them face down on a sheet pan covered with poppy seeds while they are rising for the final hour.
Preheat the oven to 450 during the final rise.
Just before placing them in the oven, flip the rolls upright.
You want to have steam in the oven when you bake them, so use whatever technique you prefer: squirting them with water, squirting the oven sides with water, pouring boiling water in a preheated cast-iron pan or a cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Rotate pan once to brown evenly.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (93g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 28 (11%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.1g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.3g||6 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 30.3mg||9 %|
|Sodium 28.3mg||1 %|
|Potassium 98.7mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 46.2g||14 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.7g||7 %|
|Sugars, other 44.5g|
|Protein 8.4g||12 %|
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Calories per serving: 248
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