Whole Wheat Rolls & Bread Recipe

Do you have one of “those” friends, where everything she makes taste like it came straight out of a magazine. Or that when you try something from her, you think to yourself, “Did she make that or buy it?” I do. Her name is Jamie, and she is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. You almost want to hate her at first because she has it all together. A garden, fresh bread, everything is homemade, and to top it off, she has 5 fabulous, well-mannered little girls.
She is wonderful, and I am happy to say that she has given me 3 recipes I love and use routinely in our menu.
I got this bread recipe when she had one of my daughters over for a play-date. It was around St. Patty’s day, so they made bread and dyed it green. Jersey brought some home, and I loved it. I immediately emailed her for the recipe. What I love about Jamie’s recipes is they are straight forward and fail-proof. So I am passing it on today – an easy whole-wheat bread recipe your family will just love.
And if you don’t have a Jamie in your life, find one ASAP! And don’t come asking for her number as she is already taken.

Whole Wheat Rolls & Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 loaves or 16 rolls

Whole Wheat Rolls & Bread Recipe

Soft whole wheat rolls and bread recipe.


  • 2 ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • ½ cup brown sugar or honey
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon vital wheat gluten, optional although it is the secret ingredient in soft wheat bread. I don’t always have this on hand and it still turns out amazing!
  • 6 cups flour, I do 4 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups of white flour


You can make this dough two ways:

#1 Bread Machine – my choice, most of the time.

In a small bowl mix warm water with yeast and a pinch of sugar. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes, bubbles will form and you will know it’s ready. Put in the bottom of bread machine and add oil, salt, brown sugar or honey. Then top with flour and vital wheat gluten and give it a stir. Then start bread machine on dough setting. I check mine about 10 minutes after starting to make sure it is mixing. If not, I take a butter knife and give it a few good stirs to help incorporate the water and flour. I almost always have to do this.

Remove from bread machine and make dough into 2 loaves or form into balls for rolls. I like to make 16 larger bread rolls. Or two loaves of bread, you can use loaf pans or not. I use loaf pans as my kids are used to that shape. Let it rise until doubled.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes for loaves or 15-20 minutes for rolls.

#2 Mix and knead dough by hand.

Mix all the ingredients until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl, then knead on the counter until it’s smooth and elastic, but a little sticky. Let it rise in a warm place until doubled (anywhere from 1 – 2 hours), shape into loaves or rolls and let rise again until doubled.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes for loaves or 15-20 minutes for rolls.


Kids Review: All of my kids love this bread! They love it warm with butter, jam, or honey. One of our little friends, Isaac, thinks this bread is the best bread he has ever had. And if I don’t have it for his lunch, he asks for my homemade pizza. This kid cracks me up! I personally like the bread just straight out of the oven with nothing on it. When I make the bread, I personally love using honey over the brown sugar, but sometimes I feel it’s a little too sweet, so I usually make it with brown sugar.


  1. says

    I LOVE the picture of your daughter enjoying this bread! And thanks for sharing this with us. I use my bread machine in the summer and I’m going to make this one for sure!!

  2. says

    I’ve never tried making my own rolls but these look delicious! I don’t own a bread machine so I’d need to mix and knead dough by hand.

  3. Patricia Worley says

    Looking forward to smelling the bread & rolls baking in my kitchen….then eating them, of course! Really enjoy your blog, thank you.

  4. says

    These look good and your daughter is adorable! I don’t have any friends that have it ‘all together’ but then again I don’t even have any friends locally. >.>

  5. says

    when I first started reading this post I thought you were talking about yourself because these rolls look just perfect, love the fact that they are made out of mainly whole wheat flour. thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    Your friends sounds just like my mom, everything she touches is gold. I sometimes think I’m not her real daughter :)
    The bread looks fantastic, I love homemade bread.

  7. says

    Oh I definitely have someone like Jamie. She’s my mother and can bake bread from scratch without a recipe. Her bread and cakes come out tasting amazing and I only wish I had half her talent. I’m no good at baking and don’t even try. The roll looks super yummy though!

  8. Jamie says

    Awe, that is sweet of you. (All except the part where you almost want to hate me.) This really is the best bread recipe I know of. It has such a great texture and mmmmm…. it tastes heavenly. I tend to make the loaves more often than the rolls, but that’s probably just because it’s less time consuming to pop it into a pan than to form individual rolls. Made some today that was gobbled up quickly. Oh, and this also freezes well. I try to always make a double batch and then I have sandwich bread ready to thaw when we run low.

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