Friday, January 28, 2011

Feather Rolls/Buns

Today I want to share a wonderful whole wheat roll recipe that has been a family favorite for about 15 years!  Now, I don't claim that these are as light and wonderful as Sister Schubert's yeast rolls, but if you compare the ingredients, they are a whole lot healthier for you, and they taste great!!

Ideally, your rolls shouldn't be quite as dark as mine are in the picture above!  I forgot to turn down the oven after baking my buns and overbaked these a bit, but they were still very good!

Feather Rolls

10 or so cups of freshly milled whole wheat flour
2 to 3 TBSP instant yeast
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder (optional)
4 cups warm water
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 too 2/3 cup honey
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons sea salt

Mix 5 cups flour, yeast and milk powder in large mixing bowl.  Add water, oil and honey.  Mix for 1 to 2 minutes with a dough hook.  Turn off mixer and let dough sponge for aboout 10 minutes.

Add eggs and salt.  Turn mixer back on and add flour one cup at a time, until dough begins to clean sides of bowl.  Knead on medium speed for 5-6 minutes.  Do not add too much flour!

Dough should be very soft and manageable.  Stiff, dry dough produces heavy, dry rolls.  If dough stiffens up while mixing, drizzle a little warm water over dough as it kneads. 

Dough may be used immediately, or covered and stored in the refrigerator for several days.

Oil hands and countertop and shape immediately into rolls, bread sticks, hamburger buns, etc.

Let rolls rise until light and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.

In addition to my pan of dinner rolls, I also made two dozen hamburger buns, which were a big hit with my family!

For hamburger buns, I just rolled out a portion of the dough to about 1/2" to 3/4" thick, and cut into rounds with the lid to a wide-mouthed canning jar. I let rise about 15 or 20 minutes and baked at 425 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes. Then, I brushed the tops with butter.  When cool, I cut them in half and used for my yummy crockpot sloppy joes


Mrs. Stam said...

I'll try this recipe, I don't like mine and your sounds way much healthier :-)

Blessed at Home said...

Oh my do they look heavenly! :-)

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks delicious! I think I can smell it from here! :)

I will have to try them this week! Thanks for sharing!

Whiddon Family said...

Delicious. Nina made these for dinner tonight, and they were a hit! Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

Hello to all of the Ours from the Whiddon family~


Lou said...

YUM! I have never made bread. I am just going to have to after seeing these pics. Unfortunately, as it's over 40 (celcius so 104F) in my house at the moment, today will not be the day. However, I will have to ride up to the bakery....mmmm....fresh bread...

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