Thursday, April 17, 2014

Honey Honey - Citrus & Honey Rolls

Citrus & Honey Rolls

Honey. Aw Sugar, Sugar.

"Like the summer sunshine, pour your sweetness over me."

I'm jonesing hard for some spring/summer weather after the longest winter ever. I decided to make a recipe using some of my favorite spring flavors, lemons & honey! (I'm not sure if those are traditionally spring flavors, but I was inspired so I went with it.)

I created this recipe from scratch! And it's dairy-free!


2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp raw sugar
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 scant cups bread flour (plus extra for dusting)

Combine yeast, 1/4 cup warm water & raw sugar in a large bowl to activate yeast. Leave for 5-10 minutes.

Whisk together lemon zest, orange zest, lemon juice, olive oil & honey in a small bowl.

Add flour and salt to yeast, mixing slightly, then add liquid ingredients.

Mix by hand, forming dough into a ball.
Knead in bowl for 5 minutes.

Let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Separate dough into 8 even pieces.

Dust countertop with flour & roll each  piece into a snake (you know, like you did with play-doh) then twist into knots by crossing the ends and fitting one end through the center hole.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and let rise for 1 hour.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool slightly. Serve warm.

I ate mine with Earth Balance soy butter. It was delicious. (Though I might have needed a little more salt in the dough.)