Whole Wheat Rolls

Think freshly ground wheat transformed into delicious warm rolls!
It can’t get much better than that.

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In my Bosch, I combined 3 cups warm water, 2/3 cups vegetable oil, and 4 large eggs.

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Blend together, then add 1/2 cup powdered milk,

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and 1/2 cup honey.  (I didn’t have time to go get honey from my basement, so I used honey powder.  Just pretend this is a nice gooey pile of honey going in.  The powder works fine, too, in case you have some.  I really like it.)

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and 1 Tablespoon salt

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Mix well, and now it’s time for the whole wheat flour.
This flour is straight from my grinder.  It doesn’t look very dark because it’s white wheat.
Using white wheat means I don’t have to add any white flour to the dough because it will be nice and light on its own.
If you’re using red wheat, you will probably want to have at least 1/3 of the flour be white flour.

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I digress.  Add about 4 cups of wheat flour to the mixer.

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And 2 1/2 tablespoons SAF Instant Yeast.

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Turn on the mixer and blend until well incorporated.
Add another 3 cups of flour and watch so see the consistency of the dough.

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You might need to add another cup or two, but you don’t want to add too much.
You want the dough to begin pulling away from the sides of the mixer.

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Cover and let knead for 5 minutes.  Remove the dough hook and cover again.
Let rise for 10-15 minutes.  Then remove dough from mixer, divide into 4 pieces, and roll each piece out (one at a time, of course) into a large rectangle.

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Using a pizza cutter, cut in half lengthwise.

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Then cut each half into triangles.

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Roll into crescent roll shapes.

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Place on baking sheet to rise.  Cover and let rise another 10-15 minutes.

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Bake at 400 for 8 minutes or until tops are just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and brush with butter.
Enjoy with butter, or in our case this time, homemade cherry jam.

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Talk about homemade goodness!  Yum!

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Whole Wheat Rolls

3 cups warm water
2/3 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup honey
1 Tb. salt
7-9 cups freshly ground white wheat flour
2 1/2 Tb. SAF Instant Yeast

In mixer, combine water, oil and eggs.  Mix well.  Add powdered milk, honey and salt.
Mix well, then add 4 cups flour and the yeast.  Mix again and continue adding flour until dough reaches proper consistency.  Let knead 5 minutes.  Remove dough hook and cover.  Let rise 10-15 minutes.  Roll into rolls, cover and let rise another 10-15 minutes.  Bake at 400 for 8-9 minutes.  You can also bake at 375 for a few minutes longer depending on your tastes.  They’re delicious either way!

HH’s Cinnamon Rolls

Also up for breakfast this morning:  homemade cinnamon rolls.

Rather than walk you through the entire experience, I will refer you to my recipe for homemade rolls,
as that is what I use to make my cinnamon rolls.

Hopeful Homemaker’s Homemade Rolls

Follow this recipe right up until you roll the dough out into a big rectangle.
Then, instead of cutting it into triangles to form rolls, spread about 1 Tablespoon of softenened butter over the rectangle.  I just use the back of a spoon to spread it all over.

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Next, pour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar over the dough and spread out.

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Now sprinkle cinnamon all over the sugar.

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Next, begin with a long side and carefully roll up.

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Continue rolling until it’s all rolled up.

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Now you need to cut it into slices.  You can use dental floss, or you can try a shortcut.
I love to use my handy dough scraper Have I mentioned that my dough scraper is one of my all time favorite kitchen tools?  If you bake bread or rolls at all, you’ll love one.
I just press down hard and very quickly to separate the dough.

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Continue until all the rolls are sliced and on the cookie sheet to rise.

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See how the dough scraper kept them nice and round?

Let rise for 10-15 minutes (remember, we’re using the SAF yeast so it doesn’t take too long)
Then bake at 375 degrees  for 10 minutes or until they’re turning golden brown.

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Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then frost with whatever frosting you like.
I used a cream cheese frosting this time.

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Grab a fork and enjoy!  These are delicious.  Make some today!

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Hopeful Homemaker’s Homemade Rolls

I wish you could smell these homemade rolls.  In fact, I wish I could snap my fingers and deliver a basket of warm, fresh rolls to your door.  You know what I’m talking about, that one-of-a-kind smell of homemade rolls baking in a warm kitchen.  It’s the smell of home, the feeling of being nourished and loved.  It gives us permission to slow down and savor the simple joys of life and family.

I love making homemade rolls for my family, and today I’m sharing my favorite recipe with you.

But before I give you the recipe, here are two important notes:
1.  I use a Bosch Universal Stand Mixer.  It’s amazing and I highly recommend it.  I’ve had mine for more than 15 years with not a single problem.  If you are using a KitchenAid, be aware that they don’t hold as much, so you will need to cut this recipe in half.

2.  I use only SAF instant yeast.  This is an active dry yeast, which means it is more potent and does not need to be proofed.  Again, it’s amazing and I highly recommend it.  To learn a little more about it, click here.  You’ll never go back, I promise.

And now, on to the good stuff:  warm, chewy, golden brown, buttery homemade rolls.

Hopeful Homemaker’s Homemade Rolls

Ingredients:

5 cups very warm water
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons salt
4 Tablespoons SAF-Instant yeast
10-12 cups bread flour
melted butter for brushing on rolls
sea salt for sprinkling over buttered rolls

Instructions:

1. In a mixer, combine water, oil and eggs. ( *Note:  If you are using yeast which must be proofed, take one cup of the warm water and place in a bowl with the sugar and yeast for proofing.  This then will leave 4 cups to add to the mixer with the oil and eggs.)

2. Add 2 cups of the flour, the powdered milk, sugar and salt.
Mix together.
Add 4 more cups flour and the 4 Tb. yeast

3. Mix again.
Slowly add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough begins to pull away from the bowl.
Cover and let knead for 5-7 minutes.

4. Turn off mixer, remove dough hook, replace lid, and let rise for 10-15 minutes.

5. Spray work surface with non-stick spray and dump dough onto surface.
Knead by hand a few times, then cut dough into quarters.
Take one piece of dough and roll out into large rectangle.  Cut into triangles.
Roll up in crescent shape and place rolls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

6. Repeat with remaining dough.

7. Let rolls rise for 10-15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375.

8. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until rolls begin to turn golden brown on top.
Remove from oven and brush with butter, then sprinkle with sea salt.

EAT, EAT, EAT!

I’ve been making this roll recipe for more than twenty years and they are always delicious.  I hope you’ll try them!

Happy Baking,
Jennifer

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