come on out with your hands up or i start shooting (mommalovesme) wrote in vegancooking,
come on out with your hands up or i start shooting

The most delicious bread/dinner rolls EVER

I made dinner rolls last night - and havent stopped eating them since! I found a recipe for "Sweet Wheat Rolls" on VegWeb, and sort of adapted it, but here are the basics.

3 Cups Wheat Flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat graham flour and 2 cups white. You could mix it up)
1 packet yeast (or if you have a jar of yeast, the equivalency should be listed)
1/2 cup sugar (i used less)
1 cup soymilk (I ended up using a little more, you can use rice milk too)
1 teaspoon salt (I forgot that.)
Flax seeds - optional

The VegWeb directions arent clear at all - so here is what I did:

1) Put the yeast in a big bowl with about a teaspoon or so of sugar. Stir in maybe 1/2 cup of hot water - not boiling,just hot. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it sit for maybe 5-10 minutes. When you come back, it should be very foamy.

2) Stir in the first cup of flour. It will get all clumpy and dry. This is when I started to add the soymilk, and sprinkle in more of the flour. When I had used up all the milk and it was still pretty dry and crumbly, I just added some more, or some water, and a drizzle of oil (which I like). Keep stirring and smooshing together into a ball until it gets a stringy consistency, like it doesnt want to come apart and can no longer be stirred. If its really drippy and wet, add some extra flour. If its too dry and not coming together, add some more water/milk. OH -I threw in a handful of flax seeds.

3) Once it reaches an appropriate consistency, where its together in ball, cover it with a damp towel and sit it someplace warm, like over a stove that is pre-heating.

4) I came back to it after 10-20 minutes. It had not risen much. Still, on a floured surface, I took it out and began to kneadkneadknead it! Kneading, punching, tossing, I went at it. Since it was kinda sticky, that extra flour really helped. I did this for a good 5-7 minutes, then returned it to the bowl and put it back on the stove.

5) Came back after 20-30 minutes and it had doubled in size. It can be up to you how long you let it sit depending on how much it rises.

6) I took it up, worked it some more, and then began cutting it into chunks. I rolled these chunks into "rolls", like kaiser size, and cut decorative X's on top. I put these on a greased baking sheet (thats all I've got as it is...)

7) Popped them in an oven on 350. I am not sure how long they took, maybe 20 minutes, but I like mine a little crusty and brown on top and chewy in the middle. They smelled SSOOO good! They rose up great, and as soon as I could I grabbed one and put some SmartBalance on it and it was amazingly delicious. I think I made maybe 7-8, depending on how big you make them they could be more/less, and I think I have 3 left....and only I ate them!!

These are delicious - and would probably make an excellent loaf of bread as well.

Tags: breads-rolls
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