Making rolls at home is always enjoyable and often yields delicious results. If you are like most home bakers, however, you struggle to turn out whole wheat rolls that are as good as those from a local bakery. It is indeed harder to make a good whole wheat dough because the flour is more dense and difficult to leaven properly. But the whole wheat Kaiser recipe below will change all of that. These buns are tender, chewy, and crisp on the outside, just like a Kaiser should be, and they're made with plenty of whole wheat flour for nutrition.
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat bread improver ( a few of the big flour companies sell this and you should be able to find it in your store's baking aisle.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 packet active, dry yeast
- 1/2 cup dry milk
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- canola oil
Step 1: Preparing the dough.
Start by combining the yeast, water, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and yeast, and then let the mixture sit until it starts to foam. Next, add the wheat flour and one-half cup of the bread flour to the bowl. Stir to create a soft dough, and then add the bread improver, salt, sugar, melted butter, and dry milk. Keep stirring until you have a uniform dough, and then slowly add in the remaining bread flour.
Knead the finished dough for five minutes or until very smooth and stretchy. Drizzle some oil into the bottom of another bowl, and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for an hour.
Step 2: Shaping the rolls.
Punch the dough down as this will remove extra air bubbles. Then, divide it into 12 portions. Fold each portion over itself to create a round roll. Place the rolls 4 inches apart on baking sheets and let them rise for another 20 minutes.
Step 3: Baking the rolls.
Make a small cut in the top of each roll, using a very sharp knife. Then, bake the rolls in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes. They should be brown on top and sound hollow when you tap on them. Let them cool to room temperature before eating them.
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