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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

It does my heart good to see everyone at our table—right down to my great-grandchildren—reach eagerly for one of my homemade rolls. These are hearty with whole wheat and rich with old-fashioned goodness, and they bake up to a beautiful golden brown. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, salt, eggs and whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 4 pieces. Shape each into 12 balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 11-15 minutes or until browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 89 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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