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bread [bred]
1. a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.
2. food or sustenance; livelihood:
to earn one's bread.

by Susan Andrews

(from One Perfect Bite)

Dry Ingredients:
     1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
     1 3/4 to 2 cups whole wheat flour
     4 teaspoons instant yeast
     1 to 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
     1/4 cup brown sugar
     1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Wet Ingredients:
     1 cup warm water
     2 tablespoons butter, softened
     3 tablespoons warmed molasses
     1/4 cup warmed honey
     1 egg

     Addt’l egg for egg wash

I use my kitchenaid mixer w/ dough hook.

Add all the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. I started with 1 3/4 cups of each flour. You will add more later if needed.

Then add all the wet ingredients to another bowl (minus the egg) and microwave for 30 seconds…. add the egg in and beat together.

Once combined, dump the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and turn on the mixer to the lowest setting. If needed, scrape the bowl & continue to mix with dough hook. Add all purpose flour and wheat flour as needed until your dough is the right consistency.

My dough was wet so I added flour a little at a time until it came together.

Place your dough in a greased bowl and cover.

Let rise until double. 60-90 minutes. My dough was still kinda wet when I transferred it to a mixing bowl to rise but I wasn’t too worried because I knew I would be working with it on a floured surface. Too much flour makes tough bread!

Now comes the fun part! Punch that dough down and dump it onto a floured surface.

Cut the dough in half & then each half into four & then in half again for 16 pieces. They do not have to exactly the same. Mine are never perfect.

Shape each piece into a little ball and place on a greased baking pan of your choice. 9 x 13 works as well as the pizza pan you see pictured. You could also use a small cookie sheet.

Once you have finished shaping the rolls, cover with saran wrap or a towel and let rise for another 60 minutes or until double. This may not take that long if it’s really warm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat one egg w/ a bit of water for egg wash. Once the rolls have rise, brush tops w/ egg wash & place in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes.

Voila! Homemade rolls in a jiffy! That wasn’t hard at all!

Now the best part! Spread w/ butter or your favorite spread & EAT them! So YUM! There is nothing like bread fresh from the oven!