I set out to make some gluten-free rolls and then, because I couldn't help myself, I decided to make them multigrain too. And just like that these adorable little Multigrain and Gluten-Free Cloverleaf Rolls were born.
Eating a variety of grains every day is one of the best things you can do for your body and with all the amazing flours that are so easily available to us today it is also one of the easier things you can do. At any time I have at least a dozen flours sitting in my pantry. I will confess that I don't often touch some for months, but then I get on a cooking or baking binge and there they go!
I decided to make these gluten-free partly because a reader who is a fan of my Gluten-free Sandwich Bread asked for a recipe and partly because I like incorporating wholegrain and gluten-free foods in my family's diet when possible. If you are new to baking gluten-free, you might want to read the sandwich bread post first for some useful tips. Follow them and you won't go wrong.
If you don't have all of these flours, use more of the others. I wouldn't increase the amount of tapioca or brown rice flour by much since they are starchier than the others, but you can definitely use more of the millet or the sorghum or the oat flour, if that's what you have. Or you could use quinoa or even wheat if you don't mind the gluten.
This dough is more dough-like and less batter-like (the way gluten-free doughs tend to be) which is great because it gives you more leeway with actually shaping the rolls-- an impossible task if you are working with a batter-consistency dough. And the rolls, once baked, have an airy texture and they taste amazing with the robust flavors of all those healthy flours-- even the dough tasted amazing (yes, I confess, I always taste the dough).
Here's the recipe. Enjoy, all!
Gluten-Free Multigrain Rolls
(Makes 12 rolls)
1 cup oat flour (make sure you buy one labeled gluten-free)
1 cup millet flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1cup nondairy milk, like almond, mixed with 1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, place the yeast, water and sugar. Mix and let the yeast turn frothy so you know it's alive.
In another bowl, mix all the flours, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the yeast and knead on low speed or by hand for about five minutes. Drizzle in the oil as you knead. In the end your dough will be sticky and that's okay.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape. To make cloverleaf rolls, divide each of the pieces into three more pieces, roll each into a ball (moistening your palms with some water helps roll them), and then nestle them together in the lightly oiled cup of a muffin tin.
Repeat for the remaining 11 pieces. Now cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let the rolls stand in a warm place to rise. In my already-freezing Fall kitchen it took nearly three hours, but you might need only two if you are in warmer climes. The rolls should rise above the tops of the muffin tins and should look puffy.
Bake the rolls in a preheated 375-degree oven for 30 minutes.
Remove to a rack and let the muffin pan cool around 10 minutes. Unmold the rolls and continue cooling them on a rack.
These go to Krys and her son.
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