Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Easy Peasy Soft Wholemeal Bread Buns/Rolls

Hi all,

I am making these Bread buns all the time at the moment, since I discovered the secret to getting them really nice and soft (more kneading! fancy that :) ).  The boys are loving them in their lunchbox, either with just a spread or I make them up as a mini hamburger with a piece of salami, cheese and lettuce.  They last several days staying soft if stored in an airtight container, and you can store them in the freezer and use them as required - if they don't get eaten quickly that is!  
I'm making the dough in the Breadmaker so that I am saving myself some time, but if you don't have one just make the dough up as per normal by hand.  This is also the bread mix I use to make my Wholemeal bread loaf, so if I'm not making buns I will just make this mix up and bake on the Wholemeal or White Loaf setting and it is so soft and delish!

Wholemeal Bread Buns/Rolls

1 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Sugar
2 tbsp Milk Powder
2 tbsp Oil
1 1/3 cups Wholemeal Flour
1/3 cup Gluten Flour (this is optional but makes a big difference to how they last.  If not using, just use Highgrade Flour in place of the Gluten Flour)
1 1/3 cups Highgrade White Flour (bread flour)
1 sachet of Instant Yeast (this is my preference and what I use) or 1 1/2 tsp Active Yeast

Add these ingredients into your breadpan as per your machine instructions - i.e my machine manual tells me to add to liquid, oils, salt etc and lastly my flour and yeast.

Set to the Dough Program and let it do it's magic.

When the cycle has finished, take the dough out and knead it by hand for a good 5-8 mins on a floured bench.  This is the big secret I discovered as before working this out I didn't do this extra kneading and would shape them straight out of the machine into balls, however although they were soft enough, they were never this soft and light.

Break off bits of the dough - I make round balls out of about a golf ball size of the dough, but it's to your preference.  Roll them into round balls and place them onto a floured or baking paper lined tray. 

Cover with a tea towel and rise until they have doubled in size in a warm place.  If you have no place in your house that's warm enough such as a hot water cupboard or sunny window then turn your oven on very low and rise them in there.

Bake them in the oven at 180degC for roughly 10mins, until starting to turn golden and sound hollow when tapped.


Sorry I didn't get a photo after they had baked as I got busy with school pickup and then the boys demolished some of them for afternoon tea :) But just imagine the above photo nicely golden brown :)

It's been crazy here! I have taken on a web based sales role to help out a friend of mine which I do for a few hours a week, and I have taken on some more Volunteer work as well, this time with our local Parents Centre.  So over the coming weeks as I familiarise myself with these two new items on the to-do list I'm not sure how much time I will have for blogging - but with everything in my life at the moment I will try!

Anyway this aside I thought I would post some recipes since I haven't done so in a while! I have a few more for you coming today/tomorrow :)


  1. Dear Ruth, this is a really good post and I'm going to try these buns. I have a bread maker that I picked up second hand for $10 (lucky me) and I tend to use it more on the 'dough' level so that I can form my own loaves and cook in the oven, I think the bread looks better that way.
    I'll try that extra kneading you recommend.
    Sounds like you are really busy right now, as long as you still keep some time so that you can Smell The Roses. Best wishes. Jean

  2. Thanks for the recipe Ruth, I've been using a breadmaker and making my own bread for ages either in there or by hand but I haven't had a go at bread rolls yet for some reason. I'm definitely going to give it a whirl, my kids love bread rolls and they'd make good burger buns as well I think.

  3. Naww ive only just found your blog & was loving it! then I noticed when the last entry was.. please come back :)


Hiya, thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. I can't wait to read your comments and to share ideas, I am a busy mummy with 2 boys to run around after so I will try and get to comments as quickly as I can...if there is a delay in seeing them published this is why, not because I don't care, I'm just taking some time to smell the roses :)

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