Making rolls from scratch is not only rewarding but also so wonderful when you can time them to come right out of the oven from being baked when it is time to place them on the dinner table. Here is a really simple soaked grain whole wheat roll that you can make into any shape you desire – I have shown two methods below (and also doubled the recipe below), the hoagie roll and the hamburger bun.
To start out, put the following is a bowl to set up until 3 ½ hours before you want to serve them. (I just mix these ingredients together in the morning, cover then on my kitchen table and let them sit out all morning and into the early afternoon.)
- 7 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 ½ cups real butter milk (OR 1 ¾ cups each of water and milk)
- 1 teaspoon yeast
When you are ready to start making the bread, add to the bowl above:
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- ¼ cup oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs (or 3 medium)
- ½ cup gluten flour
When those ingredients are well mixed, mix and then knead in about 6 more cups of whole wheat flour – this will of course depend on how much flour your dough needs to come together and not be sticky anymore. Then continue kneading for about 10 minutes.
Oil a large bowl and turn the dough in it to coat both sides, cover the bowl, and then place an oven that has been heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit and was then turned OFF, but the light was turned on. (This will provide your dough with the perfect temperature to rise at.)
When the dough has doubled, take a piece from the bowl about the size of a baseball and press it out into an elongated shape with your fingers pressing the dough into a concave shape.
Next, pinch the sides of the oval dough together...
...then press in the end, turn the dough over and press onto a parchment sheet to rise.
Put the finished shaped dough pieces back into the oven, with it still OFF, to rise again until double.
When the rolls have risen, remove them from the oven, and preheat to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
When the oven reaches 350 degrees, put the rolls in to bake for 25 minutes, making sure to rotate the rolls half way through the baking process.
This whole process should take 3 1/2 hours and your rolls will come out of the oven warm and ready for your meal.
To shape a hamburger bun, follow these easy steps instead:
First grab a piece of dough the size of a baseball, and press it from the inside out with your fingers to make a circle.
Next, flip over the concave circle and pinch together all of the ends.
Flip the dough over again and press it onto a parchment sheet to rise.