Complement one of your favorite family meals with these delectable whole grain rolls. For a crisp crust, brush the rolls with salted water and sprinkle with cracked wheat before baking.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

3 cups whole grain flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vegetable fat
1 tbsp. fresh yeast or 2 tsps. dried yeast
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 cup warm water


Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and leave in a warm place.
Melt the vegetable fat in a pan and leave to cool.
Cream the yeast and sugar together with three-quarters of the warm water. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Add the melted fat and mix to a pliable dough, adding the remaining water as necessary.
Knead lightly for a minute or two then cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. Knead again for three to five minutes and shape into 10 smooth rolls.
Place well apart on a floured cookie sheet, cover and leave in a warm place until the rolls have doubled in size.
Bake in the center of a preheated oven (218oC / 425oF) for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rolls sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Cool on a wire rack.

Note: The rolls will freeze well for up to one month. Allow thawing for one hour at room temperature before use.

Kitchen tip

Baking is an absolute science, so strictly follow directions when baking, which is unlike cooking where you can break the rules and go by your own taste. For you to succeed, you need at least a small weighing scale, a set of measuring cups and measuring spoons and a liter jug.

Kitchen safety

Don’t clean under oven knobs: It is dangerous to remove the cooktop’s knobs while cleaning. While it’s tempting to pull them off and squirt clean all around the area, you are essentially dousing an electrical system, which could cause it to short circuit or electrocute you.

Replace the gas line

You should replace the gas line if you purchase a new gas oven. Moving and swapping the ovens creates a lot of movements and the vibration could cause leaks in the gas line.