Monday, November 14, 2011

Home-Made Whole Wheat Rolls

I've given this one out before and, because it is one of my favorites, I'm always reluctant to keep it out there. It is one of the incentives for buying my cookbook. Anyway, my favorite time to give it out is at Thanksgiving, when people are looking for good roll recipes. My family loves these so much that, on both sides, I've been asked to bring them for Thanksgiving for years now. They are easy AND cheap, so I'm thrilled that this is what I'm asked to bring. Seriously...the bread machine does all the work...can you beat a Thanksgiving where a bread machine prepares your contribution???

Quick and Easy Buttery Rolls

1 C lukewarm milk (you can warm it in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds)

1⁄2 C butter, softened

1⁄4 C sugar

1 T honey

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

31⁄2 C whole wheat flour (sifted)

2 tsp dough enhancer

1 T gluten

1 packet yeast or 21⁄2 tsp

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put ingredients as listed above in bread machine and choose the “dough” option. This will knead and heat your dough to the perfect temperature for rising. When dough is finished, roll into 11⁄2-2 in. sized balls. Butter a baking dish and line with dough balls. Cover with saran wrap and let rise about 20-25 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Using a butter knife, spread softened butter over the rolls until tops are coated. Delicious! Makes about 20 dinner rolls.

Variation: Roll out into a large circle about 1⁄4 inch thick or less. Cut dough like a pizza with large triangles. Roll from fatter side to thinner side to make crescent rolls and follow directions above for rising and baking. Note:If you don't have a bread machine, just knead the dough on medium speed in your stand mixer for 10 minutes and then let dough rise for an hour. Form dough into balls and continue as instructed above. You HAVE to use a machine to knead as the dough is too sticky to knead by hand.

P.S. We are down to two days before my cookbook goes on sale!!! Remember Midnight on the 25th!!!

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