These delectable, lightly herbed yeast rolls are the perfect addition to your vegan Christmas dinner. Fluffy, fragrant, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, these rolls have a wonderful flavor and texture that are bound to make them a favorite.
This recipe makes double ring of rolls that look as good as they taste. The extra prep time is worth the beautiful presentation.
If you’re new to kneaded dough rolls, this recipe is a great place to start. The dough is sturdy and forgiving, and because you’re using a packaged baking mix the ingredient list is a short one. Bisquick biscuit mix is recommended, both because it’s vegan and because it makes delicious products.
Some tips on kneading dough
Handle the dough gently. Your goal is to bring it to a smooth, satiny texture, not to beat it into submission. Use the heels of your hands to gently compress the dough and push it away from you, then fold the dough back over itself and give it a little turn. Repeat this process according to your recipe (for this one, you’ll repeat the kneading motion about 25 times).
You will need:
- one 8 inch cake pan, greased
- one large, clean cloth
- 1 package active yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 cups packaged biscuit mix (Bisquick is vegan)
- 1/2 tsp. celery seed
- 3/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
- Dash nutmeg
In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast and warm water. Stir in biscuit mix and remaining ingredients, and beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a surface well dusted with biscuit mix, and knead dough until smooth, about 25 times.
Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick, in a long, approximately 14 x 6 rectangle. Cut the dough in thirds lengthwise, and then crosswise at 2 inch intervals to make 21 squares. Lightly form each square into a ball. Arrange 13 balls around the edge of the pan, spaced evenly. Then make an inner circle of 8 rolls, leaving a 2 inch hole in the center.
Cover rolls with dampened cloth and let rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size. When they get close, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Once doubled, remove cloth and bake 15-20 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Best served hot or warm. For an extra fancy touch, brush the rolls lightly with plain soy milk before baking for a glazed effect.