Never mind that the answer was a resounding 'crusty bread and a salad'. Well, I could have come up with that myself. But it got me thinking...should I make a mad dash to the store to pick up a loaf?
And then I had a much better idea. I remembered seeing these rolls on Debby's site, A Feast for the Eyes, and I remembered that she claimed that they were made from start to finish in about an hour. I know, sounds more like a Lens Crafter's commercial than a good dinner roll. But somehow I trusted Debby and I'm glad I did. We had fluffy dinner rolls with our soup last night and they were just as fast as Debby promised.
I played a little bit with the recipe because I was going for a little more whole grain presence. Mine were fluffy, chewy, hearty and lovely. I will be playing with this recipe for a while forward, trying out different flours. I used my stand mixer with its dough hook to do the work. You can of course do these by hand.
Quick Whole Grain Oat Dinner Rolls ~~~adapted from A Feast for the Eyes
makes 9 rolls
1 1/2 packets (3 1/2 tsp) dry active yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water (between 105F and 115F)
1/8 cup sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
more melted butter for brushing after baking
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, put the water, sugar and yeast. Stir to combine and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
- Meanwhile, mix the flours and salt together and set aside.
- Melt the butter, then add the milk and heat gently to about 110F. You can do this in a saucepan or in the microwave, but use a digital thermometer to be accurate. If it gets too hot, let it cool to the correct temperature.
- When cooled, pour the warm milk and butter into the bowl with the yeast, and then add about 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Turn on the mixer and mix for about a minute. While the mixer is going, gradually add in enough of the rest of the flour to form a soft dough--- it will start to come away from the side of the bowl. Let the mixer knead the dough on low for about 2 more minutes. It will be elastic and a little sticky.
- Take the dough a put it in an oiled bowl, turning the dough to completely coat with oil. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place to rise, about 20-25 minutes.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and divide into thirds, then divide the thirds into three parts, for a total of 9 rolls.
- Take each piece of dough and form a ball in your hand, stretching corners around to the back and giving them a twist. The top should be domed and rounded. Set each roll in a buttered square baking dish. Cover the dish with a towel and set in a warm place to rise, about 20-25 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 while the rolls rise. Bake for about 18-20 minutes until golden.
- Remove from the pan and set on a rack. Brush with melted butter immediately, and sprinkle on a few oats for garnish if you like.
I know a lot of you have your own favorite dinner rolls, and I'd love to hear about them---feel free to link to them in the comments. This could become habit forming :)