January 31

Dear Time,

You seem to be flying by so quickly.

Have you ever met the word linger?

Just yesterday it was Christmas.

What is up with that?

Since we found out this past week that Superman is dealing with high cholesterol, I have been looking for bread recipes that will be healthier for him, but taste like actual bread and not a slice of cardboard.

The first place I always look for bread recipes is King Arthur Flour.  If ever I was to move to Vermont, I’d work there.    They have the best bread recipes I have ever tasted.  Bread, cookies, baked goods.

Yep.   I’m there!

So, over the www dot  river and through the Internet woods to King Arthur’s house I went, and  found all kinds of recipes.

All kinds of ones that I wanted to try but none of them had exactly what Superman  needed except one.

Honey Wheat Rolls.

Knowing that any roll recipe can be made into bread, I plopped all the ingredients into my bread machine and let it work its magic.

I like plopping.

When it beeped, I plopped it into my greased pan, let it rise, baked it for 15 minutes @ 350º, tented it because it was already a gorgeous color, and baked it for another 15-20 minutes.

Et voila.   Honey Wheat bread.

I love this bread, but more importantly, Superman loves this bread.

Whoo Hooo for King Arthur.

Honey Wheat Rolls

* 1 packet “highly active” active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
* 1 cup lukewarm water
* 1/4 cup orange juice
* 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 1 ½ cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
* 1 ½ cups King Arthur Traditional Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
* 2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
* 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk

If you’re using active dry or “highly active” yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture has bubbled and expanded. If you’re using instant yeast, you can skip this step.

Combine the dissolved yeast with the remainder of the water and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you’ve made a smooth dough.  If you’re kneading in a stand mixer, it should take about 5 to 7 minutes at second speed. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, till it’s quite puffy but not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Rising may take longer, especially if you’ve kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy. While the dough is rising, lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, or two 9″ round cake pans.  Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into a rough ball by pulling the dough into a very small knot at the bottom (think of a balloon with its opening knotted), then rolling it under the palm of your hand into a smooth ball.  Place the rolls in the 9″ x 13″ pan, or put eight rolls in each of the round cake pans, spacing them evenly; they won’t touch one another.  Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the rolls to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They’ll become very puffy, and will reach out and touch one another. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Bake the rolls for 15 minutes, and tent them loosely with aluminum foil. Continue to bake until they’re mahogany-brown on top, but lighter colored on the sides, an additional 10 to 13 minutes.  Remove the rolls from the oven, and after 2 or 3 minutes, carefully transfer them to a rack. They’ll be hot and delicate, so be careful. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

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14 thoughts on “January 31”

  1. Hubby just told me that one of the places his company might be sending us for our next assignment could be Vermont. If we do wind up there I’ll have to have you come visit and we can go in search of the Holy Grail together. 🙂

  2. That bread is more tempting that some of your other recipes….I’m always craving the comfort foods and homemade bread/rolls is always at the top of my comfort list.

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