Just like Grandma used to make! Hearty and homey and just plain yummy. Based off of the Taste of Home “Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls” recipe.
Country Wheat Rolls
2 T. active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups very warm water
1/2 cup plus 1 T. sugar
1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening, melted
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, beaten slightly with a fork
3 cups whole wheat flour (freshly ground has the most nutrients)
3 1/2 cups to 4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
In a large bowl, drop yeast and sugar into warm water. Stir slightly with a fork until everything is moistened, then let the mixture sit until the yeast becomes fluffy. Add the shortening, salt, eggs, and whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth (I use my Kitchen Aid). Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (approx. 6-8 minutes). Place in a warmed (I run my bowl under hot water then dry quickly) and greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly greased surface; divide into four pieces. Shape each into 12 balls. Place one inch apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 11-15 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan and place on wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Serve warm.