Italian Wheat Rolls

Italian Wheat Rolls


"These are great-tasting wheat rolls made with olive oil, regular bread flour, and whole wheat flour. This recipe happened one night when I was making white Italian rolls, and I ran out of flour. All I had left was wheat flour, and luckily for me, it worked out well."

Ingredients 1 h 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 172 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 172 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.2g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 298 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, white sugar and salt. Add boiling water and stir to dissolve sugar; let cool to lukewarm.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. When sugar and water mixture has cooled, add yeast mixture, eggs, whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into twenty four equal size pieces and form into rounds. Place the rounds on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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Sarah Jo

I made this recipe in my Kitchen Aid mixer. I proofed the yeast in my mixer bowl with the warm water and sugar for ten minutes, then added the remaining ingredients. I used whole wheat white flour and I did not add the full amount of salt, a heaping teaspoon was plenty for me. I kneaded the dough with the dough hook for five minutes (this dough did need a little more flour than what was called for to get the dough to form a solid ball and stop sticking to the bottom of the mixer bowl), then set it to rise for an hour in a greased, covered bowl. After it doubled, I formed rolls using my 1/3 cup measuring cup and plopped them into greased muffin tins, covered it with saran wrap and let them double again. Baked at 400*, these were done in just under 14 minutes. I brushed them with oil straight out of the oven. GINORMOUS rolls. Really. They were huge. The flavor was very nice and the rolls were not too sweet but also fluffy and chewy.


I always wanted to try my hand at making rolls. This recipie intrigued me. I tried it and in all the 25 years of cooking for my wife and me, I came up with a great result on the first attempt. Tasty, light, satisfying either with a meal or with cheese and wine, they are a hlt. The best part is that it is healthy. Looking forward to more or these recipies. Thank you. olewinemaker.


I adapted this for my bread machine and made it with all whole wheatflour, and it was pretty good. Here is what I did, for anyone who is interested. First, I had to halve the recipe so it would fit in my machine. I used a little over a cup of warm water instead of using the boiling water. I used all whole wheat flour instead whole wheat and bread flour. Then I just adding everything in the order suggested by my bread machine instructions, set it to the "dough" cycle, and then followed steps 4 and 5 from the recipe. The rolls turned out really tasty, light, and fluffy. :)