In my opinion, there’s no better smell than bread baking in the oven. In fact, I’m not sure why there isn’t a Yankee candle with a “fresh baked bread” scent. I would have it burning all the time! Making yeast breads may seem intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, the technique really becomes second nature.
Out of all the different types of breads and rolls that I’ve made, I still had never got around to making a good sandwich roll. I knew I wanted something soft, yet sturdy and dense to hold up to some hearty sandwich fillings. This recipe fit the bill perfectly. They are soft, slightly sweet and large enough for a decent size sandwich or burger. Plus, since they have some wheat flour in them, it automatically makes them healthy, right? 😉
Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls
Yields: 12 rolls
1 1/4 cups warm milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the warm milk, egg, butter and honey. In a separate bowl, combine the bread flour, whole wheat flour, salt and yeast together. Using the paddle hook, slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients on slow-medium speed. When the dough is well mixed, switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed for 8-10 minutes until smooth. If the dough is too sticky, gradually add in additional flour.
After the dough is kneaded, transfer to a lightly greased bowl, turn once, then cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to raise until double in size, about 1 hour.
After the dough has raised, punch the dough down and turn onto a floured surface. Break the dough in 12 equal pieces, shape into rolls then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Alternatively, you can roll the dough out to 3/4 inch thick, then use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut into rolls. Cover the rolls with a clean, dry, towel, and raise again for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the rolls for 8-10 minutes until golden brown, brushing the rolls with melted butter halfway through baking.
Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.com