There is nothing better than the smell of yeast rolls baking in the oven. Comfort food as my husband would say – he always said you can tell the quality of a restaurant by how delicious their bread was. This dough is real nice to work with and the rolls have a slight hint of honey. Oh, but add the honey butter on top…yum!
Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls
- 1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm buttermilk (110 to 115 degrees) – it will appear curdled
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
Dissolve yeast in buttermilk, in a large bowl. Add the cooled butter, honey, whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until smooth and stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Add just enough all-purpose flour to keep the dough from sticking too much to the surface. You will be able to tell how nice the dough becomes, but do knead for at least 6 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the whole thing. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Because my home is 68 degrees (winter time), I place the dough, covered, in my oven and turn the light on (do not turn the oven on). Not sure where I got this information from but it seems to keep the dough nice and toasty and it always rises.
The fun part – punch the dough down and turn onto a floured surface. Divide into 4 portions and then divide each portion into 5 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball by turning the dough under itself as you make each ball. This way you will have a nicely rounded shape without many wrinkles.
Place 2 inches apart on a greased sheet pan. Place back in the oven, with the light on, and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Using a small, soft paintbrush with 1/2-inch thick bristles, gently brush melted butter all over the tops of the rolls. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool. Serve with honey butter.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
Beat the honey and butter until smooth.
Honey rolls prior to baking and after…