The dough will feel just right, the water was not to hot, and if it does rise, it taste terrible. If it doesn't rise at all, often it would taste great.
But I'm not making flat bread for the rest of my life.
I was excited.
I was hopeful.
I tried it.
And guess what?
They came out beautiful.
Sugar free, whole wheat dough that rises, is fluffy, and tastes amazing! This is a must try recipe. And if I can get the dough rise, you can too!
Whole Wheat Rolls
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil (if using coconut oil, us the kind that doesn't taste like a coconut)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the milk and honey, gently heating. DO NOT boil this mixture. You want to barely warm.
Put the yeast in a mixing bowl. Check on the butter/milk mixture. You want it to be warm, but not hot. If you stick your finger in it and it's even the slightest bit uncomfortable, let it cool down to about 100 degrees before adding it to your yeast.
Mix the butter/milk mixture into the yeast and whisk well. Add the egg and salt. Slowly begin to add the flour, mixing and kneading as you go.
You want to add the flour very cautiously, as it's easy to add to much. To much flour will end up in dry, crumbly rolls.
Once the dough gets to the point where it's starting to form a ball, but still pretty sticky, I like to let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Whole wheat flour tends to soak up more of the liquid as it sits, so as you let it sit, it allows the flour to soak up the liquid, preventing you from adding to much.
After the resting period add more flour if you need to. Your dough should be slightly sticky. Not goopy and sticking to your fingers, but just slightly "tacky."
Do not add enough flour to make it into a smooth dough. That will be to much and your buns will be dry.
Kneed the dough 6-7 minutes, adding flour as needed. Cover the dough and allow to rise in a warm place for one hour.
Punch down the dough and pinch off pieces to create your rolls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and slightly flatten them. They will rise mostly up, and not out.
Cover the dough circles and allow them to rise for 30 minutes in a warm spot.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure you don't over cook them. Golden brown is perfect!