Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins
From "The Bread Winners Cookbook" these are soooo good! I make them for Thanksgiving every year, and whenever the spirit moves me. This makes a huge batch, so when I'm not feeding a crowd, I make a half batch. My daughter would live on these rolls if she could get me to make them more often. Whole wheat has a wonderful flavor and texture and is full of nutrients.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons dry yeast (2 packages)
- 4 cups warm milk (I use skim)
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2⁄3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon salt (optional)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 9 cups whole wheat flour (be sure your flour is fresh, whole wheat flour should be kept refrigerated)
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- These instructions assume you are using a mixer with a dough hook, but if you prefer to knead by hand, go for it!
- Dissolve honey in warm water. Sprinkle on dry yeast. Do not stir. Set aside.
- In mixing bowl, combine milk, oil, honey, salt, and eggs. Add approximately half the flour and knead on low speed of mixer with dough hook until blended, then add the yeast mixture and blend again on low speed.
- Add the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 10 minutes. Use more flour if needed to get the right consistency. Place dough in large oiled bowl, turn once to coat the top, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
- When dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a lightly floured counter. With a rolling pin, roll out half of the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Using a round cookie cutter, wine glass or thin edged cup cut the dough into as many circles as the size will allow. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut more circles, repeating until no dough remains. The size of the circles will determine the size of the rolls.
- Brush each circle with melted butter, fold over once into a half circle, and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover lightly with wax paper and let rise to double in a warm spot.
- Place baking sheets in 375 degree oven and bake for 15 -25 min or until done. Keep a close eye on them as they can go from light to dark brown in a hurry!
- NOTE: you can substitute unbleached white flour for up to half of the whole wheat flour if your family isn't used to eating whole grain breads.
These were pretty good, I halved the recipe and still ended up with 30 rolls! Also, I used 3 cups whole wheat and 1 1/2 cups white and the whole wheat is still overpowering.
This was a great recipe - didn't make any changes other than doing the half wheat and half white flour as suggested. I don't think I let them rise long enough because they didn't get very thick when baking. My husband liked the flavor (again, because I did half and half on flour). Will definitely make again. Made for PAC 08.
I had to add quite a bit more flour after the first rise in order to roll them out, but they were still so sticky that by the time I got them cut, transfered to the pan and folded, the shapes were a mess. The taste was a disappointment as well, as the whole wheat flavor overpowered the rolls for our tastes. Made for PAC, please see my rating system as I rate tougher than most.