One of my fondest memories of my Mother is her teaching me the techniques of making homemade rolls. She gave me her old Fleischmann’s Yeast Bread book which she used as her guide for making rolls. I can’t find a date on it but based on the pictures it must be from the 1950’s or 60’s. It’s a wonderful time capsule of bread making that we don’t often see these days. Although I’ve made wheat bread in the past I had not tried whole wheat rolls. I always thought they would have a dense texture but these are so light and taste so good, especially with some melted butter and honey glazed over top and dripping down the sides. No need for a special occasion to make these rolls, they are good any day with a meal or just by themselves.
You will need whole wheat flour, yeast, honey, eggs, salt, butter, milk and water.
Mix together in a small bowl the warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of honey. Let sit for a few minutes as it begins to foam and rise. My mom told me that you need salt or a natural sugar to activate the yeast. I’ve always had success using her method.
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and remaining honey. FYI, in the past I always made rolls by hand with no mixer. Having the mixer do the work is a lot easier.
Add 3 eggs and blend together with the creamed butter.
Time to check on the yeast. It’s really foamy and puffed up. At times big bubbles will rise and pop.
Add the warmed milk and yeast to the mixture and blend.
Time to change over to the dough hook attachment. Begin adding the flour and salt to the mix. Add about 1/3 of the flour and mix to combine.
Continue mixing and scraping down the sides in between.
After adding the remaining flour the dough should be sticky.
With rolls I always knead the dough to make it easier to work with. Get a big bowl and add 1/2 cup of flour
My Mom showed me how to pull the dough up from the edges bringing a layer of flour with it and fold into the center with your knuckles. It’s quite easy, just rotate as you pull around the edges and fold down until the dough becomes easy to work with and no longer sticky.
Remove the dough to another bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Pat the oil into the dough so that it has a sheen all over it.
Place the dough in a warm place and cover with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise and double in bulk.
This dough is rising quickly. I left it for a few more minutes and it completely filled the bowl.
Punch down the dough and knead it back into a ball.
Mom showed me how to pinch off a piece of dough and it’s always stuck with me. You learn how much to pinch off to make them the same size. These are a little bigger than a golf ball.
Take that piece you’ve just pinched off and shape it into a roll.
Place the rolls into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. You should be able to fit 24 rolls in the pan.
Set the rolls in a warm place, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise 30 minutes to one hour. When they have doubled in bulk, place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
They come out of the oven golden brown. If you tap on them and hear that hollow sound it indicates they are done. 24 rolls is a lot for Joe and I so I took out 12 and sealed the rest in a freezer bag to keep them until later.
This it totally up to you but some honey butter melted over top tastes so so good! Take 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter and combine with 2 tablespoons of honey.
Whisk the 2 together for a soft gooey spread.
Spread generously over the warm rolls and watch it melt.
It just leaves a glaze of melted goodness over top.
They turned out so light and tasted so good!
Whole Wheat Rolls with a Honey Butter Glaze
1/2 cup Warm Water
1 tablespoon Dry Yeast
4 tablespoons Honey, divided
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Whole Milk, warmed
2 teaspoons Salt
4 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour plus more for kneading
Honey Butter Glaze
1 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
2 tablespoons Honey
In a small bowl combine warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of honey. Let that set aside for a few minutes as the yeast activates and begins to foam and bubble.
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add softened butter and the remaining 3 tablespoons of honey. Cream the mixture together, add eggs and beat on low until well combined. Scrape the bowl, then add the warm milk and yeast mixture; mix well.
Combine flour and salt together. Swap out the paddle attachment for the dough hook. Begin adding flour mix to the bowl about 1/3 of the flour at a time, mixing well in between each addition. When all the flour has been incorporated the dough will appear sticky. Transfer the dough to another bowl that has about 1/2 cup of flour. Gently knead the flour into the dough pulling in the edges and fold them over the center. Continue kneading the dough until it is easy to work with, then form the dough into a ball and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over top and pat into the dough. Place a kitchen towel over top of the bowl and set to rise in a warm place. Let dough sit for 30 minutes to an hour until it has doubled in bulk.
Punch down the dough and form into a ball. Pinch off a bit of dough, a little bigger than the size of a golf ball. Form the dough into a ball and place in a buttered 9 X 13 inch baking dish. You should have 24 rolls fit in the dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and let dough rise a second time, approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 20 – 25 minutes. They should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
Make a honey butter with 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter with 2 tablespoons of honey. Whisk the honey with the butter until smooth and creamy. Spread the honey butter over the warm rolls which will melt and glaze over.
Any unused rolls can be sealed in a freezer bag and frozen for later. When ready to use, thaw rolls and reheat in 350 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
4 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Rolls with a Honey Butter Glaze”
This is exactly tghe kind of bread that is dangerous in this house. I have been know to sit and eat at least 6 freshly baked rolls right out of the oven, and these with a honey glaze – Oh I’d probably eat at least 8. 🙂
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I guess I have too much time on my hands. I’ve been making bread about every 2 weeks. The comforts of bread are just too much to resist!
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Jan, You’re so fortunate that your mother taught you about baking bread. That is something that I missed learning. These rolls would disappear (because of me first) in my family. My husband would devour whatever is leftover! What an outstanding keeper recipe! Thank you for sharing!!! Printed and pinned!
Thanks Roz, I always feel a connection to my Mom when I make bread. I’m sure you have fond memories of cooking with your Mother tucked away also. I can say that these rolls are quite addicting, especially my husband who thought they were made for snacking. We went through a dozen in no time.