Do you have a certain smell that brings you back to your childhood?
One of mine is the smell of homemade dinner rolls and homemade baked beans.
When I was little I spent allot of time with my Great Aunt Bett..... aka Bambie. The 2 things you can always count on when you go to Bambie's is homemade rolls, baked beans.... and hot chocolate.
She made beans and rolls so often I swear her kitchen smells of them both permentatly.
Over the years I've tried many roll recipes even the one everyone in my family claims is the same as Aunt Bett's... but whenever I attempt that recipe I screw it up! Her rolls are soft, buttery and slightly sweet. Everything you want in homemade bread!
So instead of trying to recreate her dinner rolls today I set out to master my own recipe! As soon as I got these babies in the oven it smelled like Aunt Betts! I crossed my fingers that just maybe they would taste as good.
And you know what? They did!
I'm so proud of myself!!
So here it is....
Honey White Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls or Bread
Recipe Adapted From All Recipes
2 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
3 tbs granulated sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1 (12 ounces) can evaporated milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup honey (you can also use maple syrup or molasses)
2 tsp salt
2 cups white whole wheat flour
3-4 cups All Purpose Flour
Additional 4 melted tablespoons butter
Proof yeast if desired.
Combine milk, water, butter, sugar, honey, salt and wheat flour in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
Mix in yeast, and let rest 15 minutes.
Add your all purpose flour 1/2 cup at a time , and mix on medium speed until dough forms a ball. Only add as much flour as you need. If it seems to wet add a bit more.
Knead dough by mixing for another 4 minutes or mix and knead by hand for 10 minutes.Stop mixing or kneading once the dough is nice and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased mixing bowl, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 45-60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Punch down, and divide dough in half.
Form into loaves, OR rolls and place in buttered 2 9x5 inch bread pans or 2 9 inch pie plates.
Butter the tops of the dough with your melted butter, and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Let rise in a warm area until doubled in size again.
Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven.
Preheat oven to 375.
Place bread pan on the center rack and bake for 25 to 35 or until tops are golden brown.
Add another coat of butter.