Do you ever get tired of all the sodium and preservatives in boxed mixers and frozen food? Well, me too. I never realized how many unhealthy additives were in a simple package of frozen dinner rolls. Sometimes it seems like we can never avoid packaged and processed foods, but it is possible! If you take the plunge and commit to make predominantly homemade bread products from this day forward, your life will change. You will be surprised at how much better you feel when you refuse to cave in to convenience. Sure, homemade bread isn’t for everyone, I will be the first to admit to that. It can be time-consuming, but it can also be very rewarding. Furthermore, the benefits far outweigh the time commitment. There is nothing quite like pulling a batch of homemade bread from the oven and serving it to one’s family. You can take pride in the fact that you made bread from scratch with your own two hands. There’s not many things that compare to that. So, enough talk. Let’s bake!

The Ingredients: 2 cups white whole wheat flour, 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour, 1 1/3 cups warm water, 1 pkg. instant yeast, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup molasses, 4 tbsp. softened butter, 1 tbsp. organic granulated sugar, 1/2 to 1 tsp. sea salt.

Whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl, set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the honey, molasses, and softened butter until smooth. Add the yeast mixture, mix until combined. Add all of the flour and the salt. Mix for two minutes on low speed. Turn out the dough onto a generously floured surface, knead for two minutes by hand, adding a sprinkle of flour as needed. Grease the mixing bowl and put the ball of dough back in it. Let the dough rise in a warm oven for 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven and cut it into golf ball shaped pieces, you should have anywhere from 18-24 rolls. Let the formed rolls rise in the oven for 30 minutes. Leave them in the oven while you preheat it to 360 degrees. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and serve as is or with desired toppings.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing like homemade bread.:)

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