Soft Oat Dinner Rolls
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Made with cooked oats and sweetened with a bit of molasses, these soft rolls will quickly become a staple at your house. They also make delicious hamburger buns!
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 18 rolls
Grocery List
  • 2 c. water
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 c. quick cooking oats or 1 c. rolled oats pulsed in a food processor 4-5 times
  • 4¾ - 5 c. unbleached flour
  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ c. water
  • 2¼ tsp. active dry yeast
  • rolled oats for garnish
  • olive oil or butter
Here's how...
  1. Begin by putting water, butter, and oats into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir for a couple minutes until the oats are cooked and have absorbed the water. Remove from the heat and let the oats cool thoroughly, stirring now and then to release the heat.
  2. In a small bowl, add 2¼ tsp. active dry yeast to ⅓ c. warm water (between 110 and 115 degrees). Stir just a bit to get the dry yeast dampened and then let it sit for 5 minutes or so or until the mixture gets foamy.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add and mix 4 cups of flour, sugar, molasses, and salt.
  4. When the oatmeal has completely cooled, add it to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add in the yeast mixture and mix again.
  5. Scrape off the mixing blade and switch to a dough hook. Add in ¾ - 1 c. total additional flour, ¼ c. at a time -- stop adding flour when the dough comes together into a *ball,* is barely sticky, and cleans the sides of the bowl. This is called a soft dough. Let the dough hook continue to work for 3-4 minutes to knead the dough. If kneading by hand, knead on a floured surface 4-6 minutes.
  6. Coat the dough with olive oil or butter (about 1 T.) and let it sit covered with a cloth in a warm area until dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  7. Butter two large baking sheets or baking dishes.
  8. Punch dough down to release the air and take off a handful at a time, forming a ball, and tucking the ends underneath to create a smooth surface on top. Pinch the undersides together to seal it and set it on the baking sheet/dish leaving a couple inches in between each to leave room to rise.
  9. Cover the baking sheet/dish with a towel and again, set in a warm place to let rise until double. Sprinkle with whole rolled oats.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Place risen rolls into preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown.
  12. Let cool for five minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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