Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls


Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Soft, fragrant and delicious, I make these whole-wheat dinner rolls with the same dough as my whole-wheat pizza dough. Instead of rolling the dough out, I divide and shape it into balls.

Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls
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Recipe type: Bread
Yield: 12 dinner rolls
  • 1¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (it helps the whole-wheat dough stay soft and elastic)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
  1. In the pan of an electric bread machine, combine the warm water, olive oil, both flours, gluten, sugar, salt, and yeast. Set the machine for the dough cycle.
  2. After about 5 minutes, check on the dough. It should have formed by now into a smooth, elastic ball that moves freely in the bread machine pan. If it’s too dry, or to wet, add flour or water, one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Brush a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon melted butter. Set aside.
  4. When dough cycle is done, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly, then divide into 12 equal parts, each weighing about 2 ounces. Form each part into a smooth ball by repeatedly gathering dough from the top and sides and pulling it down and under the dough ball.
  5. Place the dough balls in the prepared baking dish. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free place (next to a warm oven is great) to rise until doubled in size, 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. After 30 minutes, the rolls are noticeably puffier. Bake them for 15 minutes, until golden-brown.
  7. Remove the baked rolls from the oven and while still hot, brush the tops of the rolls with a tablespoon of melted butter. The warm rolls will readily soak the butter. Yum. Serve warm.
To make white dinner rolls, use the following ingredients, and the same instructions as whole-wheat dinner rolls:
1¼ cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups (360 grams) bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 envelope rapid rise yeast
1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

You'll probably need to add a bit more flour to the bread machine pan, 2-4 tablespoons, but start with 3 cups.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 roll; Calories: 146; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 24g; Sugar: 1g; Sodium: 194mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 5g

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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