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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Yields1 Serving

When I was in high school, I worked at a local bakery. Every year during the holidays, customers would like up around the block to buy fresh dinner rolls for their dinner table. There's no need to wait in line for these fluffy little rolls! They are easy to make from the comfort of your own home.

 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
 1 tbsp Vital Wheat Gluten
 2 tbsp Instant Yeast
 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
 1.50 cups Warmed Milk (110 degrees)
 5 tbsp Butter, Softened (Unsalted)
 1 Egg (Room Temp)
 2 tbsp Butter, Melted
Prepare the Dough

Combine 2 cups of whole wheat flour, one cup of all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt, warm milk, butter, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer.


Attach the dough hook and turn the mixer on to the lowest speed and mix until flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.


Add 1/2 cup flour and blend with the dough hook until incorporated. And another 1/2 cup flour and repeat, mixing at medium speed for another 2 minutes until a ball of dough is formed.


Add additional flour as necessary. The dough should be slightly sticky and soft and pulling away from the edge of the bowl.

First Rest

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let rise until it doubles in size, for 60-90 minutes at room temperature


Remove the towel or plastic wrap and deflate the dough by punching down lightly.

Form the Rolls

Pinch off pieces of the dough and form 24 rolls. You can weigh them to keep the rolls close to the same size. Mine were about 50 grams each but this will vary depending on how much flour you added.


Transfer the rolls to a lightly greased quarter baking sheet or 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for an additional 60 minutes at room temperature.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake the rolls for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If the rolls are getting too brown, just tent the rolls with foil.


Remove rolls and brush hot rolls with the melted butter. Serve immediately or store cooled rolls in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.