“When we eat good bread, we are eating months of sunlight , weeks of rain and snow from the sky, richness out of the earth. We should be great, each of us radiant, full of music and full of stories. Able to run the way clouds do, able to dance like the snow and the rain. But nobody takes the time to think that he eats all these things, and that sun, rain, and snow are all a part of himself.” ~Monica Shannon Dobry.
Bread is so elemental and there is such satisfaction in kneading the responsive dough. I have found that it is so pleasant for my littles to shape the rolls that they will eat for their snack. Are they round and perfectly shaped? No. Are they homely and lumpy? Yes. And yet, they are beautiful. And with butter and jam and the pride of productivity, these rolls are such a treat to eat.
60 Minute Rolls
I have a Bosch that I use to make my bread. However, you can use a Kitchen Aid or knead it by hand.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
4-5 cups white whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast (I use SAF)
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and pour in the water and the milk. Let warm to about (120°F-130°F)
Put 3 cups of flour, the sugar, salt and yeast into the bowl of your mixer or a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the warm liquid and mix until smooth. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. (If using a Bosch, add the flour one tablespoon at a time until the dough clings to the dough hook and just cleans the sides of the bowl. Be careful not to add too much flour.) Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. (With my Bosch I knead it on speed 1 for 10 minutes).
Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover; let rise in a warm place, free from draft, for 15 minutes
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape as desired. Place on a greased baking pan and cover with a clean towel. Turn on your oven to 350°F for exactly 1 minute. Turn off the oven. Let the rolls rise in the warmed oven for 15 minutes. Gently remove from the oven and preheat oven to 425°F. Bake the rolls for 12 minutes or until done.