Molasses Oatmeal Rolls

My first attempt at the “dark rolls,” also known as Molasses Oatmeal Rolls, ended with a heavy brick of dough in the garbage can. My second attempt yielded tasty results, but according to Jim’s critical palate, the rolls were too heavy to substitute for the ones he remembers from his childhood. These were served at our Thanksgiving meal.

I also posted a second version of these rolls, tastier in my opinion, though still not authentic.

Servings: 16 rolls

1 Tbsp. dry yeast, approximately one package
4 Tbsp. butter, softened

1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1-1/2 cup warm water, divided, 110-115 degrees-F
1/2 cup molasses
3 cups bread flour
3 to 4 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt

Soak oats
Soak the oats in the boiling water for at least 30 minutes in a large mixing bowl.

Proof yeast
While the oats are soaking, place 1/2 cup of warm water in a shallow bowl and add the sugar, stir to dissolve. Add the yeast to the sugar water and stir. Let stand for at least five minutes. Yeast should foam, indicating the yeast is alive.

Make dough
Add molasses, butter, and salt to the soaked oats, stir until well combined. Add the proofed yeast and remaining warm water. Slowly add the flour and mix until the dough forms and pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Knead dough
Remove the dough to lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes or until the dough is elastic.

Rise dough
Place dough in greased bowl, covered with a damp dish cloth away from drafts. Allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours, until doubled in size.

Bake dough
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees-F. Divide dough in 16 pieces. Shape into balls or roll as desired. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Remove to cooling racks.

Serve warm or store in ziplock plastic bags to maintain freshness.

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