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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Updated on February 12, 2019
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Whole Wheat Flour


Whole wheat buttermilk dinner rolls are a bread you will add to your list of homemade breads. It is a no fuss recipe. It does require a waiting period while the dough rises into rolls you will want to sink your teeth into but other than that it is a breeze.

Whole wheat is a food we have been told we should consume often. I actually like the homemade whole wheat breads much better than the commercially produced ones The flavor is more robust and the texture makes your mouth happy. There is a little crunch as you first bite into the rolls and then your feel the tender goodness of the inside waiting to be enjoyed.

Choose the flours you prefer.

Whole wheat is the wheat in its natural state. There is nothing added to it. If the package does not say it is only whole wheat then it is not.

In this recipe I used half all purpose white flour and half whole wheat flour. I have used all whole wheat in recipes before and I did not like the results. The dough did not rise. The bread was not a pretty thing. It was kind of like a large hockey puck and could have been used for a doorstop.

Those of you who are bread makers from way back may have mastered using whole wheat flour only in your recipe. I am impressed!!

Since I made this recipe I read that by adding additional water to the mixture and a substance known as vital wheat gluten to the mixture, the dough will rise.


Gluten is formed from several proteins found mainly in wheat and other grains like rye and barley. Gluten adds the strength, texture, and chewiness to our breads. Gluten will develop in dough when water is added and is absorbed. As the dough is pulled and stretch, strands that are long and flexible form. These strands trap gas bubbles which cause the dough to rise. It is expanding.

Vital Wheat Gluten

Vital wheat gluten is not actually a flour but it is flour-like. It is all gluten and very little starch. It is made from a processing of wheat flour. It goes through several steps including hydration and then drying. After it is dried it is made back into a powder again. It can be added to any flour recipe but is especially useful in wheat and rye recipes because they have trouble making their own gluten.

You may have known this already but I did not. So, the next time I make wheat bread I will add vital wheat gluten. It is supposed to really make a huge difference in the results.

For this recipe, you will be pleased with the results. You will have a nice hardy roll to serve to your family and to enjoy with your evening meal, breakfast, lunch, and for a snack.

An ingredient hint

If you do not keep buttermilk on hand, a substitution that works reasonably well follows:

Mix 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar to regular milk. Let stand for about 10 minutes. I have used this often as I do not drink buttermilk. It has always worked nicely. Certainly the real buttermilk would be preferred but honestly I have not noticed a difference and I have used both. In buttermilk biscuits, I always use the real thing. I seem to be able to taste a difference in the flavor and texture.

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It is good for you and adds amazing flavor to what we make with it.


Some Great Little Tips for Making Your Own Whole Wheat Rolls

Gather Ingredients

Beginning kneading process

Kneading Some More


Kneading All Finished


This Recipe Calls for Some White Flour too

Rolls Ready to Rise


Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 45 min
Cook time: 16 min
Ready in: 2 hours 1 min
Yields: l dozen medium-size rolls


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • l 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water


  1. Mix yeast in mixing bowl in warm water.
  2. Add all other ingredients except only add one half of the flour. Blend well but gently.
  3. Add remaining flour, blend in gently, and thoroughly. Roll out on work surface and knead until elastic and smooth.
  4. Form into balls and place in muffin pan to rise.
  5. Cover and set in warm areas to rise for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan, slather with butter, Serve hot or cold. Great with chicken soup.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 roll
Calories 110
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 2 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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