Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Easy Homemade Rolls! - a recipe

I decided to wait to post the recipe for our new favorite rolls until I'd made them a few times. My verdict: these are WONDERFUL!

What makes them wonderful?

1 - I know exactly what's in them and can control the amounts.
2 - They are more of a french bread-ish type roll making them a bit more interesting.
3 - You can EASILY turn them into hamburger or hot dog rolls!
4 - No fancy stuff needed. You don't need a bread machine OR a mixer. This recipe works easily with your good ole hands. Also, the recipe calls for Bread flour but you don't even need that! Use what ya' got.
5 - They make great sandwich buns.

Is that enough or shall I keep going?

This recipe is from The Happy Housewife. I found her from my daily visit to a site I cannot recommend high enough if you want to find small (or big) ways to save money, the Money Saving Mom (MSM). The MSM does these periodic "Baking Days" where she literally bakes all day and prepares all sorts of meals to continually have a stash of food and snacks on hand to deter from those, "I have nothing ready for dinner so let's eat out" moments. Check her out!

Without further delay, the easy and fun to prepare recipe!

Whole Wheat French Bread Rolls

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour

In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, and form into round balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

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