Skip to content

Whole Wheat Sweet Rolls with Honey Glaze

August 21, 2011

Photo by Gerik

Sweet Rolls were calling my name, loudly!!  What am I to do but answer, right?

In the 70’s we use to visit a place called Pioneer’s Square in the down town part of Seattle.  Lots of shopping, of course, but what stood out for me was a little bakery run by a group of hippies.  The part of the hippy movement that I liked the most was their dedication to all natural and organic foods long before it became the movement it is today.

The bakery was open for all to view and the flowing flowered skirts and mussed hair added to the charm.  This was long before hairnets became an enforced rule by the health department.

Featured at their bakery was pan upon pan of huge, giant whole wheat sweet rolls.  Every order was rewarmed in the oven a bit and included a large pat of butter melting down into the crevices.  They added a knife on the side and handed the warm gooeyness to the customer.    The sweet roll was large enough to feed a family of four but if you went hungry, one roll would do just fine!

Today, I made the whole wheat sweet rolls but updated the recipe that was published in The Seattle Times newspaper by exchanging the whole wheat flour to King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour.    Ingredients are listed as found in the grocery store but buying organic and as natural as possible would provide the closest copy of the old favorite.

Photo by Pat

Whole Wheat Sweet Rolls with Honey Glaze

Makes 6 large rolls

⅔ cup milk

¾ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ cup butter

2 pkgs active dry yeast
½ cup warm water (about 110 degrees)

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk (reserve egg white for baking glaze)
2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
2 cups unbleached white flour plus more if needed

In a small saucepan, scald the milk, take off heat.  Add the sugar, salt, and butter.  Stir to melt the butter.  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the yeast and water and let stand about 5 minutes to soften and bloom.  Blend in the cooled milk mixture.  Add 2 cups white whole wheat flour and 2 cups of the white flour.  Mix well and then beat for 5 minutes.  Beat in the whole egg and egg yolk and then add the last cup of flour.  The dough will be soft and sticky.  Turn out dough onto a liberally floured surface and knead in additional flour, up to one cup if needed.  Sweet roll dough needs to be rather soft, flour on your hands keep the dough from sticking to them. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.  I usually use my stand mixer to do the kneading for me instead of doing it by hand.

Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until almost double, about 2 hours.

Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface.  Roll it out to a 24 x 18 inch rectangle.

Photo by Pat

Sweet Roll Filling:

¼ cup melted butter
1 cup white or brown sugar
1 T ground cinnamon
½ to 1 cup currants

Spread the melted butter over the dough and sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon.  Add the currants and begin rolling up the dough starting on the 18 inch side.  Roll loosely.   Cut into 6 rolls and place the rolls  cut sides down onto a greased baking dish.  Cover and let rise until double or about 1 ½ hours.  Brush rolls with reserved egg white, beaten with 1 tsp. of water.  Bake, uncovered, 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (well browned).

Let cool slightly then add the honey glaze.

Honey Glaze
¼ cup butter, melted
2 T. honey
⅔ cup powdered sugar

Mix together, heat the glaze in the microwave.  I added a bit of water (tsp or two) to thin out the glaze to the way I like it.  Cover the sweet rolls on all sides with the glaze.  Serve warm with a pat of butter.

Photo by Gerik

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 2:44 pm

    These look insanely good!

    • August 22, 2011 1:25 am

      I can see a plate of sweet rolls looking cool in your beautiful kitchen. Loved the kitchen tour!

  2. Carrie (Brummett) Merth permalink
    August 23, 2011 5:27 pm


  3. August 26, 2011 3:47 pm

    Soooo… I just found your blog and I’m IN LOVE WITH IT! I was a student at Union when you were there. How awesome that you are blogging! Can’t wait to see what you put up next!

    • August 26, 2011 4:21 pm

      Yes,I do remember you. Welcome! Next week is chocolate! Let me know if you try something! Love hearing what you think.o

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: