Whole grain spelt flour gives classic dinner rolls a nutrition boost without compromising taste and texture.
AuthorLemons & Anchovies
2teaspoonsactive dry yeast
1cup+ 2 tablespoons warm waterabout 110 - 115℉
1/3cupbutter76 grams, melted
3 1/2 - 4cupswhole spelt flour
Olive oilfor brushing the top of the dough; optional
Dissolve the yeast in water in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with dough hook. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar, salt, butter and beaten egg to the yeast mixture, stirring until combined. Add the flour in 1/2-cup increments with the mixer turned on to Speed 2. After you've added 3 1/2 cups of the flour, check the consistency of the dough. The dough should be turning into a ball and coming off the the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle a bit more of the remaining 1/2 cup flour until your dough comes together. Note: spelt flour works a bit differently than other flours. I added all but 1 tablespoon of the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and while the dough came off the sides of the bowl and formed a ball around the dough hook, it wasn't sturdy as a ball on its own. This is fine. The total kneading time from turning the mixer on to Speed 2 until the dough comes off the sides of the bowl was about six minutes.
Place the dough ball into a bowl sprayed with olive oil, roll the ball of dough around so that it is covered with oil. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm area to rise until doubled, about one hour (don't worry if it takes a bit longer). Punch the dough down and leave it to rise again for another 30 minutes. After the second rise, turn the dough out on a lightly floured counter, punch it down and lightly knead it into a round.
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each one into a small ball. Arrange the balls in a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper).
Preheat your oven to 400*. Cover the small balls with a damp towel and let them rest for the third time in a warm area until the oven has preheated, about 15 minutes. If you like, brush the tops of the dough balls with a little olive oil before baking. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes, give or take 3 minutes. (In my oven the rolls were done in 18 minutes). Prep time includes rise time.
I recommend baking these in a skillet or a baking pan with high sides since spelt flour tends not to have a lot of rise. The skillet will lend more structure to the finished rolls.