I apologize for my long absence from the blog! December was a bit crazy for me – I completed my master’s degree, had my last day at work, then the holidays… wow. It’s been a blur, but a great one! 🙂

Suzanne & I made these rolls (adapted from VeganMonologue) for Thanksgiving and they were good, but didn’t come out exactly how I wanted them to.  I decided to try the recipe again with a couple important changes. They turned out a little ugly, but so fluffy and tasty! (not sure why a lot of my baking turns out this way…. ugly but tasty?!)

As the title implies, these rolls are very simple to make, however they are time consuming.  They require the dough to rise two separate times for an hour each time. But, they are well worth the time, if you have it!  The addition of wheat germ to the recipe boosts the nutrient content of these rolls (as compared to regular dinner rolls).  Wheat germ is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, including: thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, iron, and zinc to name just a few…

Easy (not to be mistaken with quick) Dinner Rolls

Adapted from VeganMonologue

1  packet active dry yeast

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup toasted wheat germ

1/2 Tbsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

3 Tbs. butter, softened, plus more for brushing dough

3 Tbs. honey

¾ cup warm water (~100-110 degrees)

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water (~100-110 degrees). Let stand 5-10 minutes, or until bubbles form.

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

Mix flour, wheat germ, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir butter and honey into warm water until both are dissolved.

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

Add yeast and butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Continue to mix the dough (easiest with hands and/or KitchenAid mixer) until it forms a smooth, elastic ball (~ 5 minutes of kneading).  If the dough is too sticky, add ¼ cup flour and knead into the dough.  Continue until the dough is smooth and not sticky.

Place dough ball into an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled. (In the winter, I preheat the oven to 100 degrees, turn off the oven, and let the dough rise in the warmed oven.)

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

Punch down the dough and roll the dough into medium sized balls (think a little bigger than golf balls). Place dough balls in a greased metal pan and cover. Let the dough rise in a warm place for another hour, or until the dough has doubled in size again.

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Brush tops with olive oil and bake 20 minutes, or until tops of rolls are browned.  Enjoy!

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

dinner rolls, milk and sugar sisters, wheat germ, milk and sugar

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