Remember when I posted my friend’s Best Ever Dinner Roll recipe? (See it here.) Well, I love a good whole grain roll, and I can’t seem to leave well enough alone, so I adapted Jenna’s awesome recipe and replaced some of the white flour with whole grain wheat flour, quinoa, and flax seed. I’ve tried a few different versions, and the one I made today is the best so far. In fact, I made these to give to my son’s teachers for teacher appreciate week, and I’m mourning the loss of my rolls. I’m not completely depressed, but these are pretty yummy, and I will DEFINITELY make them again soon. So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.
Best Whole Grain Dinner Rolls Ever!
Adapted from a recipe by Jenna Livingston
2 cups almost hot water
2 tablespoons yeast
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used white wheat flour)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups bread flour (you can use all-purpose if you don’t have bread flour)
1 tablespoon dough enhancer (rounded)
1 stick salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
Combine warm water with 2 tablespoons yeast and a little of the sugar, and set aside letting the yeast proof. Next, using a coffee grinder or seed mill, grind your raw quinoa and flax seed. Set aside.
When yeast is bubbly, it is proofed and ready to use. Add yeast mixture to your mixing bowl along with the remaining sugar, ground quinoa and flax seed, wheat flour, and 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix well. Add softened butter, egg, and salt. Mix until combined. Add remaining flour and dough enhancer, and mix until the flour is incorporated. If you have a stand mixer, turn mixer to medium and let it knead the dough for about 5 minutes (until it springs back when you touch it). If you are kneading by hand, knead until the dough springs back when you touch it (10 minutes or so).
Cover and set dough aside to rise until it doubles in size. Using one half of the dough at a time, shape into rolls. Let rise again until the rolls are puffy. This takes a little longer with whole grain rolls, so be patient. It took about 25 minutes for mine to get puffy. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned. Brush with butter, if desired.
And here’s my photo step-by-step.
My son’s teachers are getting these today along with some of Jenna’s original Best Dinner Rolls Ever (recipe here) and some homemade jam. Homemade gifts are certainly the best! I put time and love into these just as my son’s teachers put their time and love into teaching him. I am so grateful for all they do!
Think you’d like these lovely dinner rolls?
Or do you have another homemade gift you love to give or receive?
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