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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Soft Whole Wheat Rolls



Ready for the oven.



Ready for the table.

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have, for the longest time, been looking for a recipe that would produce a soft whole wheat roll that was as delicious as it was healthy. To that end, I tested three new recipes this week and I'm happy to report that, while not yet there, I'm gaining ground. I'm featuring the best of the lot tonight and I think you'll really enjoy it. The recipe originally appeared in Eating Well Magazine. It's a bit unusual in that it uses low gluten cake flour to help make a soft dough. If you do not keep cake flour in your pantry and don't want to purchase it just to try this recipe, all-purpose flour can be substituted. Just remove 2 tablespoons from each cup of flour that you measure and you'll be fine. While this works well with bread, the results are less satisfactory when making a cake, so be careful where you use this substitution. I wanted a hint of molasses in my rolls, so I used turbinado rather than granulated sugar in my version of the recipe. Turbinado is just another name for raw sugar, that still has its molasses content intact. It's made from sugar cane juice that is heated and crystallized. Some consider it to be more healthy because it is less processed than granulated sugar. I use it when a want a hint of molasses flavor in a dish and I usually keep it on hand because the Silver Fox likes it in his coffee. It is not a key ingredient here and you can use granulated or brown sugar if you prefer. I know those of you who try these rolls will love them. Here's the recipe.

Soft Whole Wheat Rolls...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Eating Well Magazine

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups warm low-fat milk
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
3 large eggs, divided
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups cake flour, divided, plus more for dusting
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ

Directions:
1. Whisk milk, sugar, butter, oil and 2 eggs in a large bowl. Whisk yeast, whole-wheat flour, 1-1/2 cups cake flour and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a wooden spoon. The dough will be very sticky.
2) Sprinkle 1/2 cup cake flour on a work surface. Turn dough onto it and knead until all flour is incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Transfer dough to bowl, coat top with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature (about 70°F) until doubled in volume, 1-1/4 to 2 hours.
3) Coat a 10-inch round pan with cooking spray. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 12 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Arrange balls in pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until almost doubled in size, about 1-1/4 hours.
4) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk remaining egg in a small bowl, and brush tops of rolls with it (you'll have some left over); sprinkle with wheat germ. Bake the rolls until light brown on top, about 20 minutes.

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60 comments:

That Girl said...

I've just graduated from harder dinner rolls to the softer variety - they do take some mastering!

Ginny said...

Oh, these look sooo good! The recipe I used to use for wheat rolls was Braue's Whole Wheat Rolls. They were the first I learned to make over 40 years ago. I once ordered a bunch of rolls like these from my girlfriend, who was making them for a bake sale. When I came to pick them up, her husband had eaten them all! I didn't ask fot the money back because it was for a good cause.

Satya said...

Oh these whole wheat rolls looks so mesmerizing ... so tempting to look at just want to take a bite of it : )

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xinex said...

This looks so good and not too hard to do, Mary....Christine

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look wonderfully soft and pillowy! My son who is still at home will love these. He loves soft rolls, and I tend to bake harder ones. :)

kitchen flavours said...

This looks so good, I would definitely not stop at just one! Thank you for this lovely recipe.

Nisha said...

The rolls look really tempting. Last time i tried one recipe it turned out to be hard.

Chele said...

They look so professional Mary. I'm always on the look out for new bread recipes so thanks for shring this one ;0)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I had to look up turbinado sugar
as I had never heard of it. Don't think we have it here. The recipe looks yummy though. Diane

Marcellina said...

These rolls look so golden brown and delicous! I can't wait to try them! I love baking breads!

Clint said...

So here I am, in my office on an early Sunday morning, reviewing my mail, and what happens? I come across your recipe and picture of "soft whole wheat rolls". Thanks a lot. Now I'm salivating, my stomach is churning and making noises, and I gotta get me some of that! Great post, Mary.

From the Kitchen said...

The smell of baking rolls would certainly be welcome wafting from the kitchen these days. It's been a while since I've baked any yeast breads--very few since moving to this area with such great bakeries. Yet, there is something quite satisfying about putting one's own pan of rolls or loaf of bread into a hot oven!

Best,
Bonnie

Kim said...

These rolls looks good. I like having little soft breads too with diners!

Joanne said...

Mmm this reminds me that I really should make bread more often. These rolls sound like they have the perfect flavor and texture!

Big Dude said...

Thanks for finding and developing these recipes for us to benefit from.

bellini valli said...

Thanks for the tips on making this with regular flour as well Mary. I can only umagine the wonderful fragrance coming from your kitchen.

Katrina V. said...

Those look so soft and yummy. They remind me of Sister Shubert's rolls, which I love.

Carol said...

Beautiful rolls!

Peggasus said...

Well, they certainly look delicious! I tried a new recipe for rye bread last week, and while the taste of it was what I wanted, the texture and crumb was a bit dense. Then I remembered that I had vital wheat gluten in the fridge. I'll try that next batch, as it's supposed to correct just those issues. Maybe that would work here?

Blog is the New Black said...

These look wonderful!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

These look absolutely delicious! Great job :)

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

This is right up my alley although I would probably substitute the entire recipe with whole wheat flour and a little bit of gluten :-)

The picts make this rolls look very fluffy and yummy!

Chiara said...

Mary these look so good! These rolls in Italy are called "Danubio", I don't know why...have a good Sunday...

Terri said...

Ok, yummy! I am not much of a bread baker but these look like something I want to try.

PeggyR said...

Those would have tasted good with our lasagne last night. Recipe is posted on my blog Mary.

Pam said...

Those are beautiful!!!

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

You did it again! These make me so hungry right now. Yummmm.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Reminds me of my lovely Grandma Evelyn, who made us rolls for our Christmas present every year. I am sure she is making rolls in heaven. . . it was such a part of who she was.

Fondly,
Glenda

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love that you are developing a recipe to meet your own needs, Mary. I always have cake flour on hand for the angel food cakes... but, have never thought to use it in bread. Love this idea. I also appreciate that they go from the oven to the table in the lovely little pan you have baked them in.
There is nothing like homemade bread, is there. I had no idea you have made so many different kinds of rolls! (the plug in after your post lists them all!)
:)
Valerie

hobby baker said...

Those look beautifully perfect to me! I think even my white flour loving in-laws would try them. ☺ For a cake flour substitute, would you want to make up the difference for those two missing tablespoons with a food starch?

Tasha said...

Yet another thing I've never attempted to make, but obviously need to. These look so perfect.

tobias cooks! said...

Those look great and easy to bake, Mary. Hope I find the time to try them soon.

Best
Tobias

The Red Umbrella said...

Another tempting sight!

Katerina said...

They are absolutely perfect either for breakfast or for lunch or dinner. They must be very soft and fluffy.

Jenn said...

LOVE fresh baked rolls! Those look sooooo good too! Thanks for the tip on the flour substitution...you just never know when you need it!

Leslie said...

Oh yum...I bet they have a wonderful sweet flavor! delish

Ana Powell said...

And where are the ones ready for Ana`s house?
Have a great week ♥

teresa said...

you just can't beat a hot roll out of the oven with dinner! i just love the look and sound of these!

Kerstin said...

Warm homemade rolls are the best - I've been looking for a tasty whole wheat variety too!

Cakebrain said...

You are one very prolific food blogger! It is so commendable to be able to do all that you do so well and with such grace! I will definitely bookmark this recipe!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Bookmarked.... they look so cute and pretty at the same time.

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

These rolls look great! It would be really hard just to eat one of these! Yummy! :)

Anna A. said...

I can also imagine sinking my teeth into one of these (with melting butter gushing out).

Mrs K said...

Mary,The soft whole wheat rolls you have baked most definitely live up to their name.They look extremely soft and spongy and I can have them straight from the oven with some butter...mmm...mmm and a cuppa masala chai.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I'm always looking for dinner roll recipes. Yep, I keep cake flour on hand. I'm copying the recipe to add to my next weekend dinner when I have time to bake bread. Store bought doesn't come close. I trust you, and I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again, Mary!

A Year on the Grill said...

I will be following this thread. I have yet to have a whole wheat recipe I like... Yours look soft, so will hang on to it for next batch i make

aipi said...

They look super soft n healthy..I so want to pick up a few, brush generously with butter n gobble up :)

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Miriam said...

These look like heaven, I love homemade bread! I'm printing off the recipe to make for myself :). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miriam said...

I didn't realize until just now that I hadn't become a "follower" yet, so I fixed it and I am now :). Have a beautiful day! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Marguerite said...

These look heavenly! Wheat rolls are my favorite and I buy them at a local bakery.! I've never tried making them, but this recipe looks fantastic and I'm definitely going to try it! Thanks for sharing!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

looks good, I wish I can have one and spread with thick layer of butter, yum yum!

Priya said...

Prefectly baked beautiful rolls.

druidaccountforsale said...

Warm, moist and a bite of crunchness equals yummylicious wheat rolls. I want to snatch that away from screen and indulge in. LOL.

My Little Space said...

A complete dinner plate shouldn't go without these luscious rolls! Even KFC is serving their customers plain bread roll on their dinner plate menu. :o)
Have a great day.
Cheers, Kristy

Mary said...

Peggasus, That is a good idea. It might work. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Rita said...

This is what I have been hoping to find; a nice soft whole wheat dinner roll; these look perfect!

Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) said...

These are gorgeous! Although I have so many recipes for bread and rolls, it seems I never have enough. I have clipped this recipe and look forward to trying it soon.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I've never come across a recipe for rolls that use cake flour, but I can imagine they would be a lot lighter and fluffier. Sounds great to me!

Magdalena said...

They look soft, lovely, and sexy :)

honeybeecooksjackfruit said...

I adore soft dinner rolls! Could eat them every day.

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