I modified the “Dinner Rolls for Aunt Agatha” recipe from The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book for my dinner roll recipe. I recently made these and carried them to Jeannie’s from a ajeanneinthekitchen.com party last Saturday. See A Carnivores’ Gathering – A Jeanne in the Kitchen
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast (14 g)
- 1 cup of warm water, 90 to 110 degrees F (235 ml)
- 1/4 cup honey (60 ml)
- 1 cup of butter milk (235 ml)
- 1 egg
- 5 cups King Arthur bread flour (750 g)
- 1 cup Kink Arthur sprouted wheat flour (150 g)
- 2 teaspoons salt (11 g)
- 1/4 cup cool butter, sliced into thin slices (56 g)
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- extra flour
- vegetable oil for greasing pan
A large bowl or stand mixer, a medium size bowl, knife or bench scrapper, cooking brush, a large spoon, a scale is nice to have, a pan that is 11″ x 16″ or two 8″x8″ and 9″x13″ or a half sheet pan or two muffin pans. You may need another small pan for water.
- Dissolve the 4 teaspoons of yeast into the cup of warm water
- In the medium size bowl, with the spoon, mix the buttermilk, honey and egg until smooth.
- In the large bowl, add both flours and salt. Stir them together and make a well in the middle.
- Add the dissolved yeast and the buttermilk mixture to the well in the middle of the flour.
- Stir, from the middle, mixing the wet ingredients with the flour, until you have dough.
- Lightly flour the bench and knead for 12 minutes, the dough should be smooth and supple. You may need to add extra water by wetting your hands as you knead. You want the dough to be very soft.
- Cut the butter into slices and smear the butter onto your bench. Gradually knead the butter into the dough. Knead it until the dough is lustrous and silky.
- Round up the dough and put it into a greased large bowl or container, and let rise, in a warm place, until it is doubled. This should take about an hour to an hour and half. Your wetted finger should make a hole that does not fill in.
- Press the dough down, careful to keep the the top surface intact.
- Let rise again, in a warm place until doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes. You should poke the dough with a wetted finger to test that it is ready. The hole made by the finger should not fill in.
- Lightly flour your bench and carefully turn your dough out of the bowl/container.
- Deflate the dough the dough and divide it into four equal pieces, using a knife or bench scrapper.
- Round the pieces, by pulling the corners into middle of the bottom, keeping the gluten film (the smooth surface) on top of the ball unbroken. Then round the ball of dough with your hands.
- Cover the dough with a large bowl or damp cloth. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, the dough should be relaxed, meaning it is soft and pliable.
- Grease your pan(s)
- Take one ball of dough out from the covering and leave the rest of the dough covered.
- Gently press the dough into a disk. Cut it in half, using your knife or bench scrapper, then cut the halves into thirds with your knife or bench scrapper.
- Round each piece by pulling the corners into middle of the bottom, keeping the gluten film (the smooth surface) on top of the ball unbroken. Then round the ball of dough with your hands.
- Place the ball in greased muffin cup or in your pan.
- Repeat with the rest of the dough, if you are not using muffin pans, place the balls 1/2 apart in your pan, if there is room.
- Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm place to rise. You can put them in the oven, with the oven light on and put a pan of hot water in the oven with them. This will keep the rolls from forming a tough top.
- Let them rise for 45 minutes to an hour. If you let them rise in the oven, take them out and set them aside. Remove the pan of water.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Once the oven has preheated, put the rolls into the oven. They should bake for 20 to 30 minute. The baking may be faster depending on the pan – check the rolls after 15 minutes. They will be ready when the rolls are a beautiful brown on the top and bottom.
- After you take them out of the oven, brush the rolls with the melted butter.
- Serve immediately.
If you can’t serve the rolls immediately, let the rolls cool, and seal tight and put in the refrigerator. To serve, wrap them in a damp towel and warm them 15 to 20 in a 400 degree oven.
You can also make brown-and-serve rolls. Bake the rolls in a pre-heated 275 degrees F oven for a half an hour. The rolls will cook, but not brown. To serve them, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and bake the rolls for about 15 minutes or until the rolls are browned.
This recipe can be also be used to make clover leaf rolls, fan-tan rolls, and any other roll shapes.
You can cut the honey to 3 tablespoons (45 ml) if you find the rolls too sweet.
If you are using powdered buttermilk, add the powder to the flour and mix it into the flour. The cup of water should be added to the egg and honey.
If you don’t have sprouted wheat flour, you can add all purpose whole wheat flour or King Arthur all purpose flour. You can also replace the bread flour with King Arthur all purpose flour.
If you are using a stand mixer, use your bread hook to mix and knead the dough. Once the dough has been kneaded by the dough hook, add the sliced butter. Knead with the dough hook until the butter is absorbed by the dough and the dough is soft and silky.