Thanksgiving Recipes: Honey-Wheat Rolls

If you’re looking for something perfect to bring along to Thanksgiving, look no further than these delicious (and heart-healthy) honey-wheat rolls. Sure to be a favorite of everyone around the table, these warm rolls have a hint of honey to give them the edge over store bought equivalents.

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Honey-Wheat Rolls
Excerpted from the Don’t Break Your Heart Cookbook by Shara Aaron and Monica Bearden

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup (250 ml) lukewarm water
1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
3 tablespoons (45 ml) honey
1 cup (250 ml) unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups (500 ml) whole wheat flour
11/4 teaspoons (6 ml) salt
2/3 cup (150 ml) instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup (60 ml) nonfat powdered milk

16 servings (16 rolls)


1. Dissolve yeast with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of lukewarm water. Let yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes until mixture has bubbled and expanded.

2. Combine the dissolved yeast with 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.

3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl and allow 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.

4. While the dough is rising, lightly grease a 9- x 13-inch (23- x 33-cm) pan, or two 9-inch (23-cm)
round cake pans.

5. Gently deflate dough and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into 16 pieces.

6. 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.

7. Place rolls in the 9- x 13-inch (23- x 33-cm) pan, or put 7 rolls in each of the round cake pans, spacing them evenly; they shouldn’t touch one another.

8. Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap and allow rolls to rise for 11/2 to 2 hours. They’ll become very puffy and expand to touch one another. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).

9. Bake rolls for 15 minutes. Tent them loosely with aluminum foil and continue to bake until they’re
mahogany-brown on top, but lighter colored on the sides, an additional 10 to 13 minutes.

10. Remove rolls from the oven. 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.

Per Serving:
Calories: 174
Total Fats: 4 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 255 mg,
Total Carbohydrates: 30 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 6 g
Protein: 5 g
Iron: 1 mg

Macronutrient Breakdown
69% Carbohydrates
11% Protein
20% Fat

Don't Break Your Heart Cookbook


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