Preview: These bread machine Whole Wheat Rolls make great slider buns for your favorite sandwiches. The recipe is designed for mixing in a bread machine but you can use a stand mixer or mix by hand instead.
What if you could make whole wheat rolls your whole family would eat? Even better, what if you could mix them up in a bread machine? Of course, you can’t bake rolls in a bread machine, but I promise it won’t be hard to shape them yourself and bake them in the oven.
After trying several recipes and various modifications, this is the recipe I like best. If you are into whole wheat, give these a try. Although light, they are sturdy enough for sandwiches or sliders.
We like to use these Whole Wheat Rolls as slider buns filled with sloppy joe filling. If you make 8 rolls instead of 16, they make good hamburger buns, too.
Ingredients and substitutions:
- WATER: I like to use spring water if I have it because chlorine and yeast aren’t such good friends. Otherwise, tap water is fine. (room temperature)
- EGG: The recipe is written for a large egg, also at room temperature.
- SALT: Table salt or sea salt is a good choice. If you want to use Kosher salt, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon.
- HONEY: Honey and whole wheat are a great pairing. You could substitute sugar or maple syrup.
- OIL: A light-flavored oil such as avocado oil, or vegetable oil.
- FLOUR: Bread flour and whole wheat flour make a good combination. Whole wheat needs all the boost it can get from bread flour. You could sub all-purpose unbleached flour for the bread flour but your rolls may not rise as much.
- VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN: This will help make your rolls lighter. It’s especially helpful when you have this much whole grain in the recipe. However, it’s optional.
- YEAST: I use nothing but bread machine or instant yeast (same thing). It is formulated to dissolve quickly.
FAQ about these Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls:
Can I freeze these rolls?
Yes. Double wrap the rolls after they are baked and cooled. Best if eaten within a month.
How is the best way to store whole wheat rolls?
Ziplock bags seem to work best. The second choice would be a bread box. Do not refrigerate.
How do I keep whole wheat flour from going rancid?
Store the flour in your refrigerator or freezer. Make sure you allow the flour to come to room temperature before adding it to the other ingredients to make bread.
Can I substitute whole wheat for the white flour and have 100% whole wheat rolls?
If you don’t mind small and dense rolls, I guess you could try it but I don’t recommend it.
How to make whole wheat rolls with a bread machine:
Step #1: Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed. Select the DOUGH cycle. When the DOUGH cycle is done, check the dough. It should be doubled in size. If not, leave the dough in the machine with the lid down until it rises to double the original size.
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p.s. I have removed the sloppy joe recipe from this post. You can still see the recipe here.