I get a lot of requests for bread/roll recipes. I always love breads with different herbs and cheese. Not only is the taste amazing, but let me just tell you, your house will smell amazing. It is such a comforting smell.
This can easily be made into a loaf, but I wanted rolls. I do better with portion control when I do rolls :). I made these into pull apart rolls, I just kind of like them.
Let me share a few things that help to make my bread with whole wheat tender. Let's face it, no one likes dry whole wheat bread. I want my bread with whole wheat to have a crumb very similiar to white bread. Here's what I do- I always use milk, butter or some type of oil, plenty of eggs and potato flakes. This combo of ingredients is always my go to for a delicious bread.
I used dried rosemary, but if you have fresh, you should definitely use it!
Look at that crumb!
Rosemary Gruyere Pull Apart Rolls
- 1 cup warm milk 100 degrees is a great time. Just a little warm to the touch. If it is too warm, you will kill the yeast.
- 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon rosemary I used dry, but if you have fresh, you should certainly use that.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup potato flakes
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup grated gruyere
- 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour I used a white whole wheat
- 2- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour Start with 2 cups, add more as needed
- Activate your yeast in the warm milk and sugar. You do this by mixing the 3 ingredients lightly. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes. It will start to bubble lightly and get frothy. Add this and remaining ingredients to your mixing bowl. Remember to only start with 2 cups all purpose flour. Mix for a minute or 2 on medium speed before adding more. If you need to add more, add in ¼ cup at a time. There is always a variable when it comes to flour in bread dough, this is because there are so many variables in the environment. Be sure and be flexible when it comes to bread making. Mix for at least 6 minutes. Dough should start to become fairly smooth. It does have the grated cheese and rosemary in it, so it won't be perfectly smooth. Cover and let it rise until doubled. Form your rolls as you choose. The video will show how I formed mine. They will separate better if you brush the dough with melted butter. I didn't do this as I was trying to save on calories somewhere.... if you are using muffins tins, like I did, make sure and spray with pan release or butter. They will stick if you don't. If you would prefer to form this into a loaf, either spray a pan, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Cover the rolls and let them rise again. While they are rising for this second time, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until they are golden brown. Y'all, the smell in your house is going to be amazing!I brushed the top with melted butter as soon as they came out of the oven. It just felt right.Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it.