Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hearty Five Grain Dinner Rolls

I make these dinner rolls for every family dinner and they go really fast. I usually plan for two rolls per person, but some people take up to five (don't ask me how they manage that many!). I use organic ingredients but regular will do too. I prefer high-gluten flour as it carries the (heavier) added seeds and grains better but all-purpose flour is fine also. This is my fail safe, go to recipe. It takes less than 10 minutes actual prep time (to knead and shape), plus another hour to let the dough rise. Try it!

(makes eight medium sized rolls)
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg, room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tablespoon chia seed*
1/2 tablespoon flax seed powder*
1 tablespoon quinoa*
1 teaspoon sesame seed*
1 tablespoon oats*
1 packet yeast or 1 teaspoon instant yeast
*optional and can be substituted with any other seeds/grains that you like, amounting to 1/4 cup total. For plain dinner rolls, just use 2 cups flour total.

  1. Mix all the ingredients in mixing bowl and knead for 5 minutes.
  2. Cover with cling wrap or damp cloth, and let rise till double in a warm place (about 75 deg F). This should be at least 30 minutes.
  3. Punch down the dough, divide into 8 equal size dough balls, and shape into rolls. Place on greased baking sheet, spaced 1/2 inch apart and let rise till double. This should be another 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 400 deg F for 12 minutes.

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