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No Knead Yeast Rolls + My Kitchen Philosophy

I’m not brilliant in the kitchen, but I will say that if there’s one “skill” that I have when it comes to cooking and baking, it’s being able to make do with what’s around.  I can see ingredients and think, “Hmm… I could probably make _______ with that” and then give it a try.  It’s something that I learned from my mom.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Life is a lot like that.

The other day, I wanted to make some dinner rolls.  I’d gotten the main supper dish sorted.  It was packed with veggies and all sorts of other good things, but we still needed a little something extra… a bit more food on the table…

I turned to the amazing internet and typed in “quick yeast dinner rolls” and came back with a few options.  Naturally, I didn’t have all of the ingredients for any of them, but I did have some of the ingredients and decided to give it a whirl…

And being me, I would have to misread the directions and let them rise one too many times.  Didn’t seem to hurt them all that much, though 🙂

No Knead Yeast Rolls (original, unmodified recipe found here)

Yield: 12 dinner rolls

  • 1 1/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C standard white flour
  • 2 T organic cane sugar
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsps) active dry yeast
  • 1 C very warm tap water (uncomfortable to the touch, but not scalding)
  • 2 T avocado + olive oil spread (I used Olivani brand)
  • 1 egg

Mix whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a mixing bowl.  Add water, avocado oil spread, and egg; mix with a spoon till well combined and smooth.  Add in 1 C of standard flour, 1/4 C at a time, mixing after each addition until all flour is incorporated (you may need to use your hands).  Use a spatula to remove any sticking bits of dough from the side of the bowl, cover with a warm, damp cloth and set it to rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes or till doubled (it took my dough about 40 minutes to double).  After dough has doubled, stir about 25 – 30 times, cover, and let rise again for another 20 minutes (I misread the directions here – you could omit this step and go straight to putting them in the muffin cups, as detailed below).

Stir down the dough with a spoon and, using your hands, pull off some of the dough and put it into the muffin cups.  Cover with a damp towel and return to a warm place to rise for another 20 minutes.  In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400F/205C.

Bake rolls for 15 minutes, or till tops are golden brown.

They’re good.  Quite good, if I do say so myself.  I was a little worried about using the avocado oil spread in lieu of shortening (which is what was originally called for) but I don’t keep shortening around and the Olivani was all that I had.  Chris told me that, of all my recent whole wheat bread experiments, this was his favourite.  I’ll take that as a mark of success and add this one to the recipe files.

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2 thoughts on “No Knead Yeast Rolls + My Kitchen Philosophy

  1. Yum! Okay I can not believe its been this long that I commented! Yikes! I vow to be a better blog reader my friend 🙂

    Those look great and what a great knack to have in the kitchen!

  2. Your last remark makes me wonder what other sorts of experiments you’ve had with whole wheat! I can just imagine! And I think you sell yourself short as a cook… I love your enchilada casserole and the broccoli salad you make is my absolute fav! 😉

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