Potatoes are the secret to this super soft, tender, and buttery dough. Instant potato flakes make this a super easy and reliable potato roll recipe, with the same wonderful taste. Roasted garlic and sage make these rolls truly special. They will be a family favorite!
Prep Time: 30mins
Cook Time: 1hr
Total Time: 4hrs30mins
3sage leaves, - finely chopped
2cupswhole wheat flour - (or substitute unbleached all purpose or bread flour)
1cupunbleached all purpose flour - plus additional for kneading
1/2cupinstant potato flakes - plus 2 tablespoons
1/4cupinstant non-fat dry milk
2 1/4teaspoonsRed Star Platinum Instant Yeast - (1 packet)
1 1/4teaspoonskosher salt
2tablespoonsunsalted butter - cut into small pieces, plus 2 additional tablespoons for brushing rolls
Prepare the Roasted Garlic: Place rack in the center of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With a sharp knife, cut about 1/4 inch off the top of the garlic head, just enough to expose the interior of each clove. Place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil that is large enough to wrap around the head. Drizzle with the olive oil and wrap loosely. Roast directly on the oven rack for 30-40 minutes, until the garlic cloves are soft. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out the soft garlic from each clove into a small bowl. Mash and stir with a fork until a puree forms. Stir in the chopped sage and set aside.
Make the Dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, potato flakes, dry milk, yeast, and salt. Add the butter, honey, and reserved garlic-sage puree. Lightly stir, but don’t worry about combining evenly. Place water and milk in a microwavable measuring up or small saucepan and heat to the temperature specified by the yeast manufacturer. (Red Star Platinum Yeast is 120 to 130 degrees F.) Pour over the dry ingredients and stir on low speed with the mixer’s paddle attachment or by hand with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are roughly combined. Switch to the mixer’s dough hook (or turn out onto a lightly floured surface) and knead until you have a soft dough, about 5 minutes by machine or 7 minutes by hand. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, then turn dough to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until it is very puffy, though it may not double in bulk, 1 to 2 hours. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch, 11-inch square, or 12-inch round pan and set aside.
Shape the Rolls: Gently deflate the dough, then turn it out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into a rough ball by pulling the dough edges down and away from the center, then into a small knot at the bottom. Roll the dough in your hands to form a smooth ball. Evenly space the rolls in the prepared pan (they will not touch). Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, then let the rolls rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They will puff and expand to touch one another. Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
Uncover and bake the rolls until they are deep golden brown on top, but lightly colored on the sides, 23 to 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let rolls cool in pan for 3 minutes. Gently transfer the rolls to a wire rack (they will be hot and delicate). Melt 2 tablespoons additional butter and brush the tops of the rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature.