Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

I was quite pleased with how these rolls turned out. I wanted to make a little something special to send out in care packages for the folks. The roll is slightly sweet but still packed with a bit of multi-grain goodness. Nothing is more lovely that the scent of bread baking in the oven.

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup old fashioned oats, ground
1/4 cup milled flax
1/4 cup wheat germ
3 tbls vital wheat gluten
1 cup skim milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup tub margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 to 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water...warm water from the tap works just fine. Heat milk and butter in the microwave until butter is melted and milk is warm. You can also use the stove top for this step if you wish. Add the liquid to the yeast. Stir in the sugar and salt. Mix in the ground oats, flax, wheat germ, and vital wheat gluten. Beat in the eggs. Gradually mix in the flour until the dough gets too stiff to work in the bowl. Turn out onto your work surface and knead in the remainder of the flour. Knead the dough for several minutes. Place in a clean bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for an hour. Dough should be doubled in size.

Grease a cookie sheet. Turn dough back out onto floured work surface. Using a knife, cut off a small bun sized portion of dough. Work it in your hand to give it a nice round shape. Generally I rotate the dough in my hand turning the edges under as I go adding flour as needed. Dough should be fairly elastic. Place your roll on the cookie sheet and repeat the shaping process with the remainder of the dough. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Makes about 16 rolls.

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