The dough is kneaded in a bread machine. These 57% whole wheat little rolls are delicious on their own. They are still light and fluffy (despite the whole wheat) and the walnuts and dried fruit make them really easy to eat (Egg and milk free).
I used a Panasonic SD-BH102 bread maker to knead the dough!
Plump up the raisins in boiling water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. If the raisins are coated with oil, wash it off.
Put all the ingredients except the ones marked ■ in the bread machine, and start the dough-only program!
Since there are a lot of ■ dried fruits, add them to the dough when the 'mix-in' signal sounds (with about 45 minutes left in the program). When the 1st rising is done, test the dough with your finger.
The finger test: press a moistened finger into the dough and pull it out slowly. If the hole made with the finger remains it's good! If the hole fills back in, it has to rise some more.
Take the dough out onto a floured work surface, divide into 12 pieces (45-50 g each) and round off each piece. Cover with a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel, and rest for 10 minutes.
Dust the dough lightly, turn over, deflate and round off with a smooth surface on top. Line up on a baking sheet in pairs, each pair of rolls touching each other.
Cover with a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel, and leave to rise (2nd rising) at around 30°C for 40 to 50 minutes (at room temperature if in the summer). If a moistened finger gently pressed in the dough leaves a mark, it's done rising.
Mist with water, (optionally dust with bread flour) and preheat the oven to 200°C. Lower the temperature to 180°C and bake for 10 to 12 minutes - done! They look like this inside.
I used this "Super Fine Hard" whole wheat flour.
This version has 50% whole wheat flour (140 g finely ground) + 140 g bread flour. This really has the flavor of whole wheat, and the more you chew the better it tastes.
This version has 64% whole wheat flour (160g superfine whole wheat + 20 g graham flour) + 100 g domestic bread flour. This version is very light!
For the version in Step 11: Try baking six rolls stuck together, or slashing the tops. If you use domestic bread flour, use 170 ml of water.
This version has 82% whole wheat flour (210 g superfine whole wheat flour + 20 g graham flour) + 50 g bread flour 30 g each of walnuts and raisins = densely textured and delicious.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make whole wheat bread that was tasty even without anything on it. The ratio of whole wheat flour is quite high, but it's still very easy to eat. I've been experimenting a lot with egg, milk and animal fat free dough recipes. I also wrote down the recipe for myself as well so I wouldn't forget.
If you have raw walnuts, roast them in a 130°C oven for about 10 minutes, and break them up with your hands before using. When making the dough in a bread machine, be sure to test the dough after the 1st rising by poking it with a finger! The hole should remain in the dough. In the summer it should be done rising 10 minutes before the machine time, and in the winter you may need to add 10 to 20 minutes.