A friend of mine posted this recipe to The Paleo Paramedic Facebook Page. Paleo Dinner Rolls. Not something that should be eaten with every meal, but for sure a side that could be enjoyed once in a while. Sometimes one just needs a dinner roll and a little butter.
1 cup tapioca flour (starch) or Arrowroot flour
1/4 – 1/3 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large egg, whisked
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine the tapioca flour with the salt and 1/4 cup of the coconut flour in a medium bowl. Mix well.
3. Pour in oil and warm water and stir. Add the whisked egg and continue mixing until well combined.
4. If the mixture is too thin you should add one or two more tablespoons of coconut flour – one tablespoon at a time – until the mixture is a soft but somewhat sticky dough.
5. Use a spatula or large spoon to scoop out about two tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. You will be making about 10 rolls. Use extra tapioca flour in the palms of your hands so the dough does not stick.
6. Place each roll of dough onto a greased baking pan, parchment paper or one covered with a baking mat.
7. Serve warm with grass-fed butter.
I chose to use tapioca flour. Tapioca flour is one of those ingredients that the Paleo Police may ding you on. I’ve heard people go back and forth about it. Is it Paleo….is it not? I chose to use it. Up to you. I had never baked with the tapioca flour before. Interesting texture. Very powdery. That’s a word, right?
I wasn’t sure how these would turn out. The raw dough tasted kind of funky, but this recipe came highly recommended, so I carried on. Once out of the oven, I was surprised at how dense the rolls were. When you tear them apart, they have that bready look, so that was a good sign. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor. Pretty tasty actually. The flavor was familiar, but I couldn’t place it until a few days later. My mom makes homemade cream puffs. These rolls reminded me of the pastry part of the cream puff. Perfect with a little Kerrygold butter. Actually a pretty great side when you just need a little bread but prefer a grain-free, dairy-free option.