Tuscan Rolls

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins




  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the molasses, salt, whole-wheat flour, and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.
  • Gradually knead in the remaining flour until the dough holds together in a ball and no longer sticks to your hands. (The amount of flour you use will depend onthe weather and humidity.).
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it for 5 to 10 minutes, pushing it away from your body with the palm of your hand. Or knead the dough using a stand mixer with a dough hook on medium-low speed for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Once the dough is kneaded, place it in the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead it briefly. Pat it into a circle and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Cut each of those into 3 equal pieces. (I'm rather anal with my bread baking and formed them into balls approximately 118 grams each). Place these on baking sheets, spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart. (They rise up more than out). Put the baking sheets in a warm place and let the rolls rise again for 30 minutes.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Dust the rolls lightly with flour. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for 12 minutes longer.
  • The rolls are done when they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Serve warm with butter or olive oil for dipping.