I spotted these rolls on Food52 earlier this year and had them in the “queue” for a while but finally got around to baking them when we had company for dinner recently.
The are wonderfully light but rich in flavour and were great warm, with butter. They would be a perfect addition to just about any meal.
Oatmeal Molasses Rolls
Summary: Soft and flavourful buns, perfect side for any meal.
- 2 tsp active dry or instant yeast
- 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup butter cut into cubes
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups flour (unbleached all-purpose or bread flour)
- 2-3 Tbsp of melted butter for brushing tops of rolls
- Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water with a pinch of sugar. Let stand until bubbly.
- Scald milk then add it to the butter in your mixing bowl. When butter has melted, add brown sugar, rolled oats, molasses, and salt. Blend thoroughly and cool to lukewarm.
- Add egg and mix well. Add the yeast and mix to incorporate it. Then mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Add what you need to of the remaining 1/2 cup of flour until the dough loses its sheen. Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl and put it in a greased bowl. Turn to coat and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours. It can sit overnight as well. It doesn’t rise a lot.
- Turn out the chilled dough on a floured work surface and knead or fold and turn the dough slightly. Cut dough into 12 balls. Press each ball into a flat rectangle with your fingers, then roll up and tuck ends under. Place seam-side down in a well-buttered 9 inch round pan. Brush all over with 1/2 of melted butter and sprinkle with a little of the rolled oats. Let rise until doubled in size in a warm place, about two hours.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until rolls are nicely browned and sound hollow when you tap their tops. The internal temperature should be 190° F. Remove from the pans and brush generously with remaining melted butter. Let cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm with butter.
- Source. Small photo © Food52.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 3 hours 45 min
Number of servings (yield): 12