Bake these rolls up to a day ahead; store at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag, or freeze them for later. Wrap the rolls in foil and reheat at 350º for 10 minutes or until warm.
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
2 cups bread flour, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons honey
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
1 large egg
How to Make It
Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 1/2 cups bread flour, whole wheat flour, honey, butter, and salt to yeast mixture; stir until well blended. Add 1/4 cup bread flour; stir until a soft dough forms.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining bread flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°.
Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Divide dough into 12 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, divide each portion into 3 pieces; shape each piece into a ball (cover remaining dough to prevent it from drying). Place 3 balls in each muffin cup. Cover and let rise 25 minutes or until doubled in size.
Uncover dough. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg; brush over rolls. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
I have been making these for years. I use my bread machine to make the dough--it does the kneading for you! Then let rise, punch down, shape in muffin tins, let rise again and bake. I have tried different types of honey too. All good.
These rolls are incredible! So light and airy. They are easy to make. I would serve these to guests or even make them for a weeknight meal. So delicious! Check out my blog at: http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2011/01/cloverleaf-honey-wheat-rolls.html
I made these rolls a day ahead for a spring dinner party. They were delicious- light, fresh and tasty! The only thing was that the shape wasn't nearly as pretty as the picture. I mentioned this disappoint to my guests who said that although they didn't look like a clover, it was nice to easily pull the roll apart into three pieces. So maybe I would still make an effort to divide and shape the dough.