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Whole Wheat Caramel Roll

Whole Wheat Caramel Rolls

Adapted form a 1957 Bake-Off recipe, these are kind of a sticky bun. You can add cinnamon if you like, or leave it out.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramel, Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising and Cooling 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or bread flour (140 grams)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour (140 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (40 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry or Rapid Rise yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • ¾ cup whole milk whole
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 to 3/4 cup optional additional bread flour (100 grams), but you shouldn't need it all


  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (200 grams)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened plus extra for pan (80 grams)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, only if using unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • ½ cup toasted chopped nuts, plus more for pan


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 cup (140 grams) of the bread flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and yeast; blend well.
  • In small saucepan or microwave-safe cup, heat milk and water for about a minute or until very warm (120 degrees F). Add warm milk mixture along with shortening or oil to flour mixture. Stir by hand until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Stir in an additional 1/4 cup flour to form a stiff dough. You most likely will not need the remaining flour unless you are kneading by hand or need it for the mat.
  • Set the bowl on the stand mixer and attach the dough hook. Begin kneading with the dough hook. At this point dough should leave the sides of the bowl and maybe cling just to the bottom. Knead for about 5 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Transfer dough to greased bowl, then cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. If you used regular yeast it might take 1 ½ hours. If you used Rapid Rise it might take 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • While the dough is rising, line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper and rub generously with butter. If you want, sprinkle some chopped pecans across the bottom of the pan.
  • In small bowl, mash the softened butter and stir in the vanilla. If you are using unsalted butter, add a pinch or two of salt. Stir in the brown sugar.
  • Punch down dough and remove all air bubbles. On lightly floured surface, roll into16×12 inch rectangle.
  • Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over dough then sprinkle with nuts. Roll into a 16 inch spiral/log pressing edges to seal. Cut into 16 slices and place cut side up in greased pan. Cover and let rise for 45 to 60 minutes (30 if using Rapid Rise).
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Cool two minutes, then turn onto a sheet of foil so that bottom side is up.