April 30, 2008

Wheat Berry Dinner Rolls

I made these rolls try to another way of using wheat. Sprouted wheat is unbelievably nutritious, and it's easy to do.
1 2/3 c water
2 T powdered milk
1 C sprouted wheat berries
1 ½ T yeast
1 T brown sugar
1 T oil
1 T salt (I used ¾ T salt since this seemed like a lot to me)
5 cups whole wheat flour
Put wheat berries, milk and water in blender. Blend briefly on med speed. Pour over yeast and sugar in a large bowl. After the yeast has bubbled up add the oil, salt and flour. Cover and let rise 10 minutes. Knead dough again briefly and shape. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. on greased pans sprinkled with cornmeal*. Makes 24 rolls.To make as freeze and serve rolls, after double bake at 275 for 30 minutes. Cool on pan 15 minutes then remove from pans and let cool completely. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks or freeze. To brown rolls heat oven to 450 and bake thawed rolls 20 minutes.
*Note I use silpats on my pans instead of greasing them
Also, just a word to others who are as inexperienced as I am. You only need to sprout about 1/3 cup of wheat to get enough for this recipe. I sprouted a whole cup of wheat and ended up with
enough to quadruple the recipe!
Here are directions for sprouting wheat
Soak at a ratio of 4:1 (4 cups of water to 1 cup of wheat) for about 12 hours.
Rinse and drain. You can then transfer them to a sprouter or use a mason jar with cheese cloth over the opening.
Rinse every 12 hours for 2 days, or until the little sprout tails are as long as the grains of wheat, then use in your favorite recipe or refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

If your wheat doesn't sprout it may be because of the way it was stored. Wheat that has been treated will not sprout. This includes wheat that has been stored with oxygen packets. I would recommend getting some fresh wheat and trying again. If you like it I would try and store half of your wheat without oxygen. I have had success sprouting wheat that was at least 30 years old. If you can't get your wheat to sprout you could make wheat berries by boiling your wheat, I usually just put mine in the crock pot overnight with the same ratios as you used for soaking. Any extra water can be drained off, and if cooking in the crock pot you can skip the soaking step.
If any of this doesn't make sense please let me know and I will try to clear up any confusion

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