Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls

Living on the western coast of the U.S.,  it is quite easy to get great sour dough bread, but not as easy to find great wheat bread options. This week, I decided to make an old reliable honey wheat bread recipe that I have been making for the last ten years or so. The interior is soft and chewy while the exterior has a slight crunch. Cocoa powder gives the bread not only a deep color but an extra layer of flavor highlighted by the honey and molasses. The bread can be served with butter and a sharp knife on the side, like the bread baskets you receive at restaurants or as the perfect hoagie roll. Enjoy!

Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls

Makes 6 small loaves.

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1 1/4 cups warm water

2 tsp granulated sugar

2 1/4 tsp (1 package) yeast

2 cups bread flour

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 tbsp cocoa

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter, softened

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp molasses

Corn meal dusting

In the vessel of you bread maker, mix sugar with warm water, then dissolve the yeast in the solution. In five minutes the solution will begin to foam.

While the yeast is waking up, mix the flours, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl. Add to the bread maker vessel. Add butter, honey and molasses into the vessel. Choose the Dough setting of your bread maker and turn it on. When your bread maker beeps (this normally takes anywhere between 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours) the dough should be double in size.

When the dough has doubled, take out of bread machine vessel and separate it into 6 even portions. Roll each dough portion into logs that are 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Pour cornmeal onto your rolling surface. Moisten your hands then rub water onto each dough log and roll it into the cornmeal. Arrange the rolled dough on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Set the dough in a warm spot to rise for another hour or so until the loaves have doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the dough and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes in the hot oven. When the bread is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

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15 thoughts on “Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls

  1. Big fan of honey .. and the roll looks stunning – but the yeast …. in an other life maybe. Wouldn’t mind one filled roll for my lunch, please.

      1. Bread machine – that’s the business .. you have told me about that before. Wonder if I told you about my friends experience with a bread maker *smile – priceless ..

  2. Wow, what a lovely-sounding recipe. I can’t wait to try this! I made wheat berry bread last night, which is definitely the weirdest bread I’ve ever made, and this sounds so lovely and normal. And yummy. :)

  3. This looks very good. Will give it a try. Thanks for posting and also visiting my blog. Much appreciated. :)

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