Homemade Italian Spice Dinner Rolls

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I recently hosted a family meal, and when you're having 16 people for dinner, you can't make homemade bread...or can you? I made crusty Italian spiced, whole wheat dinner rolls for my extended family--and they were a big hit.

I based these rolls off my recipe for Cajun Spice dinner rolls. These Italian spice dinner rolls are perfect next to some pasta...or maybe just some grilled veggies. At this family dinner, we had two kinds of bread, store bought and my recipe. Let's just say that my rolls were the favorite! I love that my kids prefer the bread with whole wheat--it really does add a depth of flavor, and it's better for you, too!

Here's what you need:

1 ¾ cup warm water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
3 cups white flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 package of active dry yeast
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds

Dump all ingredients into the bucket of your bread machine. This is the order that is recommended by my bread machine manufacturer. If your bread machine has a different preferred order of ingredients, by all means, follow it. Set your bread machine to the “dough” setting. Let it go through that setting—my bread machine takes about an hour  and a half to make dough.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Turn the finished dough out onto a floured surface and flatten and shape into a rough rectangle that is ¾” to 1” thick. Use a knife or a bench scraper to cut the dough in quarters. Cut each quarter into 6 equal pieces. Place on your ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 15-17 minutes, until lightly browned.

Serve warm, with butter for spreading or olive oil for dipping. Makes 24 rolls.

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