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.

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  1. Those look so good. I am ALL for homemade bread. There is nothing quite as heavenly as melted butter on a warm freshly baked homemade roll or bread. Yummm.

  2. 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!!

  3. Mmm, we love rolls!! :) Your daughter is precious!!

  4. Those look so good and fluffy.

  5. I can almost smell the rolls baking from here!
    I love making homemade bread.
    So relaxing (I know, strange) but I find it very therapeutic.

  6. Those look GREAT! Thanks for the recipe. Sounds like something I can make for Easter dinner.

  7. What a great picture!! I love hot fresh baked bread!

  8. 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.

  9. The look on your daughter’s face says it all. :) I love wheat rolls!

  10. love making my own bread and rolls. especially with whole grains!

  11. I try to eat whole wheat every chance I get but have needed a good recipe! Thanks for sharing, i can’t wait to try this out! looks yummy!

  12. 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.

  13. What a yummy recipe! I love to bake my own bread, so I’ll give this recipe a try!

  14. I love whole wheat bread. So yummy

  15. Oh my goodness, that looks beyond delicious. I’ll definitely try the recipe!

  16. They look yummy. It has been far too long since I baked fresh bread.

  17. This looks like an awesome recipe. Nothing like the taste of fresh baked bread.

  18. I would love to make homemade bread. Fail proof is always best with me also. I mess a lot of stuff up in the oven! ;)

  19. I’ve never made bread before. This looks so delicious.

  20. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This looks like a really yummy recipe, but I don’t eat wheat so it won’t work for me.

  21. That looks amazing. Your directions make sense and I think this is something I can do. Would love to have some homemade rolls.

  22. I Need To These They Look Delicious!

  23. Homemade bread is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I <3 slow food!

  24. We Can’t Get Enough Of Rolls In Our House Will Have To Make!

  25. LOL. Yes, we all have a Jamie, don’t we? I can’t make anything so everyone looks like a master chef to me. The bread looks delicious!

  26. 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. >.>

  27. Yum. I love homemade bread. Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Oh that looks good! The last loaf I made was very hard.

  29. Oh yum! I love homemade bread. With a little cinnamon butter, and I’m in heaven.

  30. 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!

  31. It’s been awhile since I have made homemade bread, but I have been wanting to fix a batch. This looks like a yummy bread recipe!

  32. We love rolls! THanks for sharing

  33. LOL… that is funny! I have 6 kids and I do not have it together at all. I need to know her secret. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  34. It looks delicious and very healthy for breakfast. Mouth watering too :)

  35. I so need to try to make my own bread, this looks so good!

  36. Wow! I your bread looks yummy! I want to try this.

  37. Oh my – I can almost smell it. I love fresh bread – it is my downfall.

  38. You know, I tried to make my own rolls and it turned out so bad. I’m gonna try your recipe and see if it works better :)

  39. Homemade bread and rolls are THE best. Those look great.

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. I have to admit in my circles I am that friend,lol. I just love the look at your little girl’s face …. she’s truly enjoying those yummy roll :)

  43. These look SO delicious! There really is nothing quite like home made bread rolls :)

  44. I feel like I might need to invest in a bread maker. I am loving all these bread recipes and definitely want to start making our own.

  45. 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.

  46. The recipe sounds delicious! I have never made whole wheat rolls before – I will give this a try. Pinned!

  47. I love whole wheat bread and I love to make my own.

  48. My goodness that looks tasty!

  49. Do you have a good homemade raspberry jam recipe – one that isn’t artificially tasting?

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