Sue Gregg's Good Earth Rolls are a family favorite. They taste great and are super healthy!
1. (Optional) Soak 1/3 cup sunflower seeds in water and let stand overnight (preferred) or while mixing dough.
2. Blend in a 2 cup glass measuring cup in order given and let stand until bubbles up (5 to 10 minutes):
1/2 cup very warm (but not hot) water
2 envelopes (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
If yeast mixture threatens to bubble over top of container before you are ready to use it, stir it down.
3. Meanwhile, blend in mixing bowl:
1 1/2 cups very hot water (not boiling)
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
2 teaspoons salt
4. Add and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon about 3 minutes:
1 1/4 cup hard white wheat flour or whole wheat flour
dissolved yeast mixture
5. Mix and knead in remaining flour as needed to prevent sticking while kneading about 10 minutes:
2 cups hard white wheat flour or whole wheat flour or
unbleached white flour
2 1/2 to 3 cups hard white wheat flour or whole wheat flour
sunflower seeds, drained, optional
6. Place dough in bowl, lightly grease top, cover, and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
7. Punch dough down in center with fist, knead down and divide in half. Shape each piece into 12 rolls.
8. Place rolls in greased pans so that they are barely touching. Let rise in warm place 15 to 20 minutes.
9. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Brush rolls immediately after baking while hot with soft or melted butter.
Makes 2 dozen rolls.
Until next time...
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