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Brown Bread Rolls

Brown Bread Rolls

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I know lockdown hasn’t been easy for many people. Although I have all the comforts I have also had to adjust emotionally. My family have been pretty good but we’ve had our moments of drama too, is there such a thing as a perfect family…mmmm!  Thank goodness for my blog, it’s been my greatest stress reliever. When I get busy with my recipes, developing them. jotting it down and doing everything else that goes into it, that’s my time. It’s a time when I switch off from everything else and get lost in my own magical world.  I absolutely love what I do and I am so grateful for it.

What I am even more grateful for is the overwhelming amount of comments and kind words I’ve received. So many kind poeple with so much good to say. Many women have told me that they didn’t even know how to cook before lockdown. Finding my blog was a saving grace for some and it’s heartwarming to hear that. Others have learnt to actually cook for the first time, using my recipes. A big thank you to all of you that take the time to write me a note. I read and respond to every one of them and every single one means the world to me. I hope to continue bringing you quick and easy recipes.

Here’s to another easy recipe, Brown Bread Rolls. This recipe can be made into a loaf of bread too. If you have a look at my white bread recipe you will get some tips on how to turn it into a loaf. These rolls are soft, healthy and delicious. Brown flour will never be the same as using white flour in rolls so although these rolls will be soft I cannot guarantee it will be as soft as white. However, you can omit a cup of the brown flour and use white bread flour or all purpose flour instead, that may produce a slightly softer result.

It has a tiny bit of sugar and butter but I don’t think enough to do any damage. However, you can substitute the butter for some oil. I didn’t add any milk, just water to keep it as healthy as I could. I made them into sort of oval shaped bread rolls, but turned out more round that oval after it baked. You can make them round or like hotdog rolls, whatever you fancy. Sprinkle some seeds on top for a little added benefit and you good to go.

The softer your dough the softer your Brown Bread Rolls will be so if you find the dough super soft but not sticky then that dough is perfect. Brown flour also absorbs a lot more moisture than white flour so please keep that in mind. I cannot stress enought about altitude and weather and how it affects the amount of liquid we use. You may need to adjust yours a little depending on where you live but the amount given in the recipe worked perfectly for me in cold Johannesburg.

For really soft dough I prefer to use an electric mixer. It will be a little more difficult to knead by hand but you can oil your hands and that will help with the kneading. I kneaded for 7 minutes in my mixer but by hand it could take up to 10 minutes. When removing the dough from the mixer, again oil your hands a little so it’s easy to handle.

Let’s get to the recipe for my Brown Bread Rolls. If you do try the recipe please drop me a comment and rate it below. That’s always appreciated. 

More Bread Recipes:

Easy White Bread

Soft Fluffy Hotdog Rolls

Soft Burger Buns

Brown Bread Rolls

Soft and Easy Brown Bread Rolls, say goodbye to store bought
Course Breakfast
Keyword bread rolls, brown bread, brown bread rolls, healthy rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 3 cups/750ml brown bread wheat flour
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 400 ml lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil
  • mixed seeds black and white sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds


  • Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a spatula and mix well
  • Pour in the water and melted butter and turn the mixer on. Knead on a low speed for 7 minutes or dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl
  • Grease a large bowl. Using oiled hands remove dough from mixer and form into a round ball. Rub a little oil on dough. Place in greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap and place in a warm place to rise, about an hour
  • After an hour punch the dough down. Divide into 8 pieces. Shape them as desired. Spray a little water on each roll and try and stick the seeds on top. You can gently press them in a little just so they stick to the dough. Place on a baking tray. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, leave to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Bake at 180 degrees Cesius for 15 minutes. Brush with some extra melted butter if desired


  1. If you want softer bread rolls you can replace one cup of the brown flour with a cup of white flour
  2. The softer the dough the softer the rolls will turn out so don't be tempted to add too much extra flour
  3. If you are using active yeast you will need to dissolve it in some water to proof before using it
  4. I tried to keep these rolls as healthy as possible and it's why I used water only but if you want to be indulgent you can use about a 100ml of milk and reduce the water. You can also add an egg to the mixture and you can have dinner rolls
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