Jo-Ann's Honey Whole Wheat Buns

Jo-Ann Boyer


I wanted to make my husband and 4 children healthy food, they loved bread so I developed this recipe in 1978 after my husband bought me my grain grinder. These are so loved by everyone that I know after my death I will be remembered most for these. I use some of the dough to make a flat loaf to use for communion at church. I have decided to share this recipe since I have gotten so many wonderful recipes from all of you. My mother named these for me, she chose my 1st name. She was an excellent Serbian cook and she was so proud of my buns or rolls she would have me bake them to give away!


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24 Hr 14 Min


  • 2 c
    hot water
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
  • 3 Tbsp
    oil (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 large
  • 31/2 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 1 c
    warm water
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    active dry yeast
  • 5 c
    unbleached white flour

How to Make Jo-Ann's Honey Whole Wheat Buns


  1. Put the 2 cups hot water in a large bowl. (Hot water will help melt the honey and salt to incorporate into the other ingredients.)
  2. Add the salt, honey, oil, and eggs and beat with a wire whisk. Now add the whole wheat and let it sit a minute while you do the next step.(Whole wheat takes longer to absorb the water and it helps to not have too much flour in your dough at the end. Note: I grind my own whole wheat berries and I grind 2 cups for this recipe.
  3. Mix together 1 cup warm water (appx. 105-110*) 1 tsp. sugar, 2 Tablespoons dry yeast or 1/2 large cake fresh yeast. Let this sit till foamy and yeast is dissolved then add to the other ingredients mixing well with whisk. You are proofing your yeast to make sure it is still active.
  4. Begin adding white flour 1 cup at a time until it is too hard to mix then switch to wooden spoon. When it is a soft dough, just a little sticky and well mixed, oil your bowl and place the dough in it turning to oil the top. It will take 5 or 6 cups of flour, depends on weather etc. Knead dough to make sure everything is well mixed.
  5. Cover your bowl with a bread cloth and let rise 1 hour till double in volume. When double punch down and begin to make rolls, dip fingers in olive oil, take a ball of dough and fold the edges under squeezing slightly or make them however you know to do them. Place them on a sprayed cookie sheet and raise 1 hour again. I put 15 on a 12"x18" Making appx. 24-30 rolls. Bake at 375* for appx. 14-15 mins. or till golden brown.

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About Jo-Ann's Honey Whole Wheat Buns

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

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