Molasses Rye Dinner Rolls Recipe

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Ooh la la...these are wonderfully rich rolls. Just think about it...whole rye flour, molasses, orange juice and chocolate! Yes, you read correctly, choc·o·late.

These make for a perfect addition to any meal. Word to the wise, make them into dinner rolls or one loaf. I made them into sandwich rolls once, too rich this way. If you make this heavenly dough into a loaf be sure to cut into thin slices.

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Servings: 6


Cost per serving $0.68 view details


Begin by combining the water, orange juice, and molasses in a large pot and simmer until it reaches 105° - 110°F; remove from heat and add to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid, let rest for 5 minutes or until yeast is dissolved and foams up. Gently stir into liquid.
Add in the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, pumpernickel flour, and 1 cup of bread flour. Mix the ingredients together using a dough whisk or a large wooden spoon.
Continue to add the bread flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Use your (clean) hands to knead the bread until soft and smooth, adding just enough bread flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.
Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours, until it appears puffy and has almost doubled in volume. Then, punch down the dough, and divide it into 12 equal pieces.
Shape each piece of dough into a ball, and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap, and let the rolls rise for another 1 1/2 – 2 hours, until they are puffy.
In the last 30 minutes, as rolls finish rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the rolls and slash the tops (if desired). Bake them for about 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 200°F and they sound hollow when lightly tapped.
Cool the rolls slightly on a wire rack before serving.
Cook's Tip:
Even though these rolls contain pumpernickel flour, they were still light and soft. They are best served warm from the oven. The leftovers can be kept for a day or two, though… Just reheat them in the oven at about 300°F for 5 – 10 minutes until they are warm and toasty.
Yield: 1 Dozen Dinner Rolls or 1 Loaf
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 164g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 425  
Calories from Fat 80 19%
Total Fat 9.14g 11%
Saturated Fat 5.16g 21%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 618mg 26%
Potassium 441mg 13%
Total Carbs 76.17g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 7%
Sugars 21.29g 14%
Protein 9.35g 15%



  • Foodessa
    February 8, 2014
    The addition of orange juice and molasses got my attention.
    The only thing I'll need to swap out is the rye flour which I seem to be sensitive to.
    Do you think that Buckwheat flour could be a decent substitute?

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,
    1 reply
    • Robyn Savoie
      February 8, 2014
      Buckwheat flour sounds good. Give it a try and let us know.

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