Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lesson #30: Honey-Wheat Dinner Rolls

I've been making my own bread and rolls with various levels of success for the past 2 years. Sometimes the bread is very dense and dry, other times it's very doughy and undercooked. However, it's very rewarding to take to take a few simple ingredients and turn them into a wonderful loaf of bread, so I keep trying to improve my technique. Besides - fresh baked bread is an amazing smell to have in your house!

If you never ventured into bread making, this recipe is a good place to start. It uses instant yeast (sometimes called bread machine yeast) which you don't have to proof (or let "bloom" which is where the yeast is activated by a warm liquid and a bit of sugar). If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, it's even easier because you don't have to knead it by hand. Of course, you can knead it by hand - some people find this therapeutic :)

This bread has a WONDERFUL nutty flavor from the whole wheat flour and a touch of sweetness from the honey. It has an AMAZING fluffy texture which resembles the store bought version. Happy bread making!

LESSON LEARNED: Using instant yeast and a stand mixer to knead is an easy way to get started making your own bread!

Recipe for Honey-Wheat Dinner Rolls

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