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Whole Wheat Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Soft pull-apart dinner rolls with a slightly healthier spin. While they are easy enough to make any night of the week, these dinner rolls can also find their way to your Holiday table.
Whole Wheat Pull Apart Dinner Rolls
Yield 8 rolls


  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour (we use the white whole wheat for its lighter color and flavor)
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 (0.25oz each) packages (14g) or 4 1/2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 2 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 5 large eggs
  • Egg wash: 1 egg beaten plus 1 tablespoon water (beaten together; for brushing on rolls)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (for topping)


Make the dough

  • Makes about 4 1/2 pounds (2041g) dough.
  • Whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, and vital wheat gluten in a lidded (not airtight) food storage container. Add water, 3/4 cup melted butter, honey and eggs. Mix together until well blended, using a spoon, Danish dough whisk or stand mixer with paddle attachment. The dough will be loose, but will firm up when chilled.
  • Cover (not airtight) and allow the dough to rest at room temperature until it rises and collapses, approximately 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before using. The dough can be stored and used over the next 5 days.

Make the rolls

  • Prepare a 9-inch cake pan by generously coating with butter.
  • Take a 1 1/2-pound (907g) piece of dough out of your bucket and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
  • Roll into smooth balls. They should be about the size of small plums or golf balls.
  • Place the dough into the prepared pan.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow the buns to rest about 40-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Brush the tops of the buns lightly with egg wash using a pastry brush.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Immediately brush the top with melted butter to keep the crust soft. Allow to cool slightly and serve.