Maple Wheat Rolls
In a large bowl, combine water and maple syrup. Add yeast and stir to dissolve. Cover and let sir until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
To yeast mixture, add canola oil, wholewheat flour, 1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour, and salt. Stir until well mixed.
Generously flour a work surface with some of the remaining flour and place dough on it. Knead dough, gradually incorporating remaining flour. The kneading will take 10 to 12 minutes. By the end of this time the dough should have a slight "stick to it" but nor stick to your hands. Cover dough with an inverted bowl and let rise until doubled, 30 to 60 minutes.
Lightly oil an 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces, shape into round balls, brush lightly with oil, and place in prepared pan.
Cover and let rise until doubled, 30 to 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake rolls until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Richard Kirtley believes that nothing can compare with warm rolls to complement a holiday meal: "With a little effort, this home-baked contribution can be as memorable and sustaining as any entree."
Friday, December 10, 2010 - 1:02am