These are the Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls.
Makes 12 rolls
1 1/3 cups (10 5/8 ounces) warm water
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, softened
1/2 cup (6 ounces) honey or molasses
2 3/4 cups (12 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 3/4 cups (7 3/4 ounces King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour OR regular whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon powdered caramel color OR 2 teaspoons liquid caramel color (optional, but without it the rolls will lack their distinctive color) OR 1 tsp ccocoa powder OR 1 tsp coffee powder (I used both the coffee powder and the cocoa powder)
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
yellow cornmeal or rolled oats
DOUGH MAKING TIME: 30 MINUTES: Combine all of the dough ingredients in a Kitchenaid, bread machine, or mix by hand. Dough will be sticky and slightly elastic.
If you’re using a bread machine, program it for the dough or manual cycle.
If you’re using a Kitchenaid, start with the flat beater, then switch to the dough hook when the dough starts to form a ball and come away from the sides of the bowl.
If preparing this dough by hand, remember that it’s very sticky and a bit messy at first, but just keep at it, flouring your hands and trying not to add too much additional flour to the dough; eventually it’ll smooth out.
FIRST RISE: 60 MINUTES: Let the dough rise for 1 hour. It won’t have doubled in size, but should be just a bit puffy.
Divide the dough into 12 even pieces (about 4 ounces each), and shape the pieces into 6 x 2-inch oval rolls.
Coat each roll, top and bottom, with some yellow cornmeal.
SECOND RISE: 90-120 MINUTES: Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet, and allow them to rise, covered, in a warm place, for 90 minutes to 2 hours. They won’t have doubled in size, but will appear puffy; when you gently press your finger into one, the indentation will rebound quite slowly.
BAKING TIME: 24 MINUTES: Bake the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven for 24 minutes, until the bottoms appear slightly browned (you’ll have to carefully pick one up to look), or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a roll reads about 200°F. Remove the rolls from the oven, and cool them on a rack.
Note: I did not brush these with butter when I took them out of the oven. They didn’t need it. And, it would have dislodged the corn meal.
TOTAL TIME TO MAKE THESE ROLLS: 4 HOURS
Nutrition information per serving (1 roll, 109g): 304 cal, 5g fat, 7g protein, 44g complex carbohydrates, 14g sugar, 4g dietary fiber, 13mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium, 173mg potassium, 46RE vitamin A, 3mg iron, 12mg calcium, 131mg phosphorus.
This recipe reprinted from The Baking Sheet Newsletter, Vol. XII, No. 3, Early Spring 2001 issue.
1 stick butter, softened and at room temperature
1/2 c honey
Mix butter and honey with fork. Serve with rolls.
VERDICT: BEST RECIPE EVER. NEVER MAKE ANOTHER DINNER ROLL RECIPE. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER. BE A HERO AND MAKE THIS. PILLOWY SOFT, LIGHT, AMAZING TEXTURE, HONESTLY THE BEST. THING. EVER.
THIS IS THE GOLD STANDARD OF DINNER ROLL RECIPES.
THANKS, KING ARTHUR FLOUR, FOR SHARING THE AMAZING!!!