This is not a hard recipe, but it takes time to make while waiting for the dough to rise. It’s really worth it though! I adapted this from Vegan Richa. Makes 8 large vegan rolls.
· ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk (warmed to 110°F)
· 2 teaspoons of active yeast
· 1 cup or so of plain mashed sweet potato (about 2 medium size sweet potatoes)
· 2 teaspoons of olive oil, plus more for brushing the tops
· 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, divided
· 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
· 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
· 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1. Mix the yeast and the warmed almond milk. If your milk is not to the proper temperature the yeast will not rise and your rolls will not happen. If you don’t have a food thermometer, try nuking up the milk in a cup for about 70 seconds. Let the mix settle for 8 minutes or so. The mixture should be doubled in size. If the yeast is dead, either your milk was too hot or too cold, throw it out and start again. This is a tricky part, but if you don’t get the yeast down, your rolls will not rise later.
2. Mix together the mashed sweet potatoes and ½ cup of the flour. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, mix together the remaining 2 cups of flour, salt, and herbs. Add in the oil and the sweet potato mixture. Incorporate in the yeast mixture.
4. Knead together for a minute or so, non-aggressively, until the dough starts to come together. Kneading is its own special skillset. If you overknead it ruins your dough. If you underknead it ruins your dough. Kneading is something to play around with when you have time, like during a quarantine! This dough doesn’t need a lot of kneading.
5. After kneading, leave the mixture in the bowl and cover with a clean dishtowel. Leave in a place free from drafts or even in your oven if it isn’t on. The dough should double in size after about 45 minutes or so.
6. Grease a cast iron skillet. Shape the dough into 8 rolls and spread out into the skillet. Brush the tops with a little more olive oil. Cover with a dishtowel and let them rise again for about 20 minutes. The rolls will rise again, until they are now touching together in the skillet.
7. While waiting for the rolls to rise, preheat the oven to 385°F.
8. Once the rolls have risen again, bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden on the top.
9. Enjoy! These are great served hot with vegan butter.