Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oatmeal Brown Ale Rolls

This bread.....delicious!  I took a bite and went...Wow!  The rolls are chewy and slightly dense.  I was really impressed with the flavor.  Then I started eying the cooling rolls debating how much I would regret going on a bread bender.  ;)   I will definitely make these again.

I played around with an egg white wash right before baking.  You can easily tell the difference between the rolls I brushed and the ones I left alone.  It is a pretty finished look....glossy with a little crackle when you tear the bun in half.  Honestly, I could go either way.  I'm just as happy with the rustic, flour touched look and tender crust. 


Oatmeal Brown Ale Rolls

1 package active dry yeast
2 cups old fashioned oats, ground fine
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (approx)
1/4 cup wheat germ
3 tbls vital wheat gluten
1 bottle Newcastle Brown Ale (1 1/2 cups approx)
2 tbls oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg white, beaten (optional)

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water...warm water from the tap works just fine. Heat brown ale in the microwave until warm (you can also warm on the stove top) and add to the yeast. Stir in the oil, maple syrup, and salt. Mix in the ground oats, wheat germ, and vital wheat gluten. Mix in the egg.  Gradually mix in enough flour to form a soft dough. When the dough gets too difficult to stir turn it out onto your work surface and continue to knead in flour.  Knead the dough for several minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a clean bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for an hour. Dough should be doubled in size.

Grease two cookie sheets. Turn dough back out onto floured work surface and punch down. Using a knife, cut off a small bun sized portions of dough. Work it in your hand to give it a nice round shape. Generally I rotate the dough in one hand and turn the edges under with the other, adding flour as needed....this gives you a pretty little round.  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 an hour. If you want a glossy crust, brush tops with the egg white.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned.


A few more pics of the yummies...
I made some little loafs for small sandwiches.  They are wicked cute.  I definitely favor the egg wash for these types of rolls....it makes the cuts stand out so nicely.

The oven is my  favorite spot for rising sheets of shaped dough....heat a mug of water to the boiling point in the microwave and put it on the bottom.  Cover your bread and close the door.  Makes a warm, steamy spot.  If you are rising a small bowl of dough the microwave alone works great.  Heat your mug of water and then tuck the covered bowl in the microwave.

59 comments:

  1. Yummy, yummy rolls!!! I feel like getting one just right now :)

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  2. Wow! great recipe i also feel take one i'll try this one some time but without egg let see.

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  3. That maple syrup makes all the difference. Delicious Rolls, thanks for sharing!
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  4. Maple syrup and ale in a bread recipe? What's not to love. Everyday I try to convince myself to try another yeast recipe. With posts like this I'm getting closer. Thanks.

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  5. Oh wowww..those are incredible! I can almost smell them:))Looks awesome!

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  6. I live for fresh baked bread and am always looking for a new recipe. These look absolutely delicious!

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  7. Awesome! I love beer bread; making beer rolls is a great idea!

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  8. Wow, maple syrup and Newcastle - what a wholesome flavor these rolls must have! I can almost taste them :) Great tip for us non bakers about allow the dough to rise in the oven with a mug of water and then a mug of Newcastle while you wait ;)

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  9. Beautiful rolls and love the addition of oat and wheat germ in them...

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  10. Ohhh I love to have one please. Love fresh hot roll!

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  11. I love your description of these!! They sound delightful!!!

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  12. Those are gorgeous rolls. These would be perfect mini slider buns too. Thanks for sharing...I'm going to try to make these with the idea of making smallish sandwiches with them. :)

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  13. I don't know if I could part with a bottle of precious Newky Brown to make bread, but these rolls sound delicious enough that I might be willing to make the sacrifice. :) I'm just a sucker for oatmeal-based yeast breads!

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  14. Sounds like they would have a great flavor...nice job!

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  15. I love the nice golden brown of these rolls. They look wonderful, will have to try them with a big bowl of soup asap!

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  16. Great looking breads and rolls! I am going to try this one as soon as I can! I love the tip about letting the rolls rise in the oven with the water! MMM.....bread......

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  17. Wonderful rolls! Looks awesome enough to serve at restaurants, yumm!

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  18. Beautiful! What I wouldn't do for a Newcastle right now!!! :D

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  19. looks so fresh and delicious !

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  20. These look so delicious, I bet they tasted so great. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will bookmark it.

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  21. Very nice, lovely pictures, beautiful rolls:)

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  22. Those little rolls rising in ur oven are dreamy! I love the idea of the oatmeal and the ale - delicious sounding recipe!

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  23. These rolls look fantastic! I bet the newcastle in them make them absolutely delicious! :)

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  24. Ok, so I totally broke down and made these tonight! They are still in the oven and the house smells amazing!! I did have to use a pilsner beer and didn't have the vital gluten but all in all, everything is looking (and smelling) wonderful!! I am a sucker for bread!

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  25. These look PERFECT!! absolutely beautiful. Do you think missing the vital gluten would make a difference at all?

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  26. Beautiful rolls! They definitely look like they came straight from a bakery!

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  27. Those look perfect! I bet they tasted great.

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  28. these rolls look so good, bet they taste heavenly. wish I was there when you took them out of the oven.

    thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, hope you'll have a wonderful weekend

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  29. these look fabulous bread is my weakness!

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  30. Oats, wheat germ, maple syrup and beer? Of course these beauties will taste amazing. Any left?

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  31. Maple syrup - I love it! We make our own every year and I'm always looking for recipes that I can use the syrup in. This bread looks so declicious - bread is my weakness too!

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  32. Wow, just reading the list of ingredients is making me hungry! It must be SO wonderful...thanks for sharing :)

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  33. I am afraid of bread making- but you make it seem easy! I must try it- thank you-

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  34. What gorgeous rolls. Bread is my weakness and the sheer goodness of your ingredients has made me weak-kneed. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  35. Vital wheat gluten isn't essential so there won't be a problem leaving it out. It really just gives a boost to dough when rising and changes the texture a bit....ahh and it adds some more protein to the bread. :)

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  36. I can almost smell this lovely rolls! Yummy!

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  37. Scrumptious! Those are just like right from the bakery!

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  38. These are GORGEOUS! I could go on a bender all too easily with these sitting around. I love Newcastle, I can just imagine the fabulous flavor it lends. Bookmarked :D

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  39. Oh, I have a question...did you measure the oats before grinding them??? Thanks!

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  40. Beautiful! Look at them all lined up in your oven-- so adorable

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  41. Beer bread always sounds so delicious! The oats and wheat germ here sound great too. Love the look of the buns with a shiny egg wash!

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  42. briarrose...I made these today! they are my FAVORITE new bread. No joke...absolutely FANTASTICALLY AMAZING! thank you :D

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  43. Those are beautiful rolls. I love the combination of oatmeal and ale. What a great flavor they must have had!!

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  44. I did measure the oats before I ground them. I'm tickled to hear the rolls turned out nicely. ;)

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  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog! These rolls look amazing!

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  47. This does look rustic and fantastic! There is nothing better than the smell or the taste of freshly baked, homemade bread.

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  48. You've baked these so well. Keep it up.

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  49. Oh wow, great recipe...I am sure they are fantastic :)

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  50. What a great tip about using the microwave to create a small humid environment! I would have never thought of that! These rolls look awesome!

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  51. yum...i'm going to have to try these! Have you tried them with whole wheat flour?

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  52. I love that these use beer! Will definitely have to try them. I rarely use an egg glaze on breads. I love how it looks but hate wasting the egg!

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  53. I haven't tried making them with whole wheat flour. I'm not such a big fan of whole wheat flour...though I did find some lovely white whole wheat flour I'm pretty fond of. Experimentation is always fun. ;)

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  54. I love this recipe! Will have to add it to my list for bread baking day... (hopefully this weekend)

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