When you buy whole wheat kaiser buns at a bakery, they taste delicious. But when you make any sort of whole wheat bread at home, it has a tendency to turn out dense and dry. It doesn't have to be this way. You can create delicious, whole wheat kaiser buns that taste like they're from a bakery. You just have to rely on a few secrets called vital wheat gluten, a long rise time, and extra yeast. Here's a whole wheat kaiser recipe that won't steer you wrong.
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 1/2 cups warm water, 120 degrees F
- 4 1/2 teaspoons active, dry yeast
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
Combine the yeast, honey, water, and 1 cup of all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Mix these ingredients together, and let them sit for about 30 minutes or until very foamy.
Add the vital wheat gluten and oil to the mixture and stir. Then, slowly add the remaining all-purpose and whole wheat flour to the bowl, stirring well until the flour is fully incorporated.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes. The dough should be elastic and stretchy. If it still wants to tear easily, then you need to keep kneading.
When your dough is smooth and elastic, oil a large bowl and place your dough ball inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let your dough rise for 3 hours. It should be doubled in size and fluffy. Punch it down, and then let it rise again, this time for 1 hour.
Divide the dough into 20 equal portions, and shape each one into the shape of a roll. Spread the rolls out on 2 large baking sheets, leaving at least 3 inches between them. Cover the rolls lightly with plastic wrap, and let them rise for 90 minutes.
Score the top of each roll with a very sharp knife. Then, place them in a 400 degree F oven. Bake for 20 - 24 minutes, or until the rolls reach 200 degrees F, as measured with a thermometer.
Remove the rolls from the baking sheet so they can finish cooling. Let them cool completely before slicing and enjoying. The nutty, whole wheat taste will blow you away, and you can rest assured this is a healthier option than white kaiser rolls.
Contact a local bakery to learn more about baking kaiser buns.