As a quick note, we make our crescent rolls 100% whole wheat. You do not have to make them whole wheat; you could do part wheat and part white or even do all white. But I must say, our rolls are a favorite at family gatherings by relatives that do not enjoy whole wheat whatsoever. I've never heard anyone complain about these rolls being wheat instead of white. So even if your crew doesn't care for 100% whole wheat, you may want to just try it and see what everyone thinks. But don't let this stop you from making crescent rolls! If you have a favorite roll recipe that you would rather use, then you can use it instead of ours.
Okay, on to making these yummy rolls!
Step 1: Prepare the Dough
Make your favorite roll recipe or you can use our recipe below.
Fantastic Whole Wheat Rolls
- 2 1/2 cups warm water (110°F)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
- 2 Tbsp. yeast
- 1/4 cup vital gluten
- 6-8 cups whole wheat flour (or as needed)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Combine warm water, honey, powdered milk and yeast in large mixing bowl and allow to sponge for 15 minutes. Add eggs and half the flour. Stir until thoroughly mixed; will resemble cake batter. Let rest until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Add salt, oil, vital wheat gluten and remaining flour. Knead for 6-10 minutes or until gluten is developed or dough is soft and pliable.
Step 2: Divide and Roll out the Dough
Note: The following dividing instructions are only applicable if using the above recipe. If you are using a different recipe, then you'll have to figure out how many sections to divide the dough into to accommodate your recipe.
Divide dough into six portions.
Take one portion of dough and roll into an approximate 9-inch circle.
Brush generously with melted butter.
Cut the circle into 8 triangles.
Roll each triangle up, starting at the wide end...
...finishing by tucking the pointed end under.
Place crescent rolls on baking sheets or stones. Repeat the same process for the other five portions of dough. Cover rolls with a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled in size.
Step 3: Bake and Complete with Finishing Touches
Once crescent rolls have nearly double in size, preheat your oven to 350°F. When crescent rolls have fully risen and the oven is preheated, place rolls in oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes. You DO NOT want to over bake these! They are done as soon as they no longer feel doughy towards the middle.
When done, remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter.
Once cool enough to remove from baking sheet, place in either a bag for eating later or in a bread basket to compliment your evening meal.
Whala! It's really as easy as that! See, you don't need to let the name scare you away from making these because you think it would be too difficult for you to make. Anyone can make crescent rolls!
Have fun baking! I hope you enjoy these easy, yet irresistibly delicious crescent rolls!