Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls

It was a long week and things don’t seem to slow down for a while.
Since the weather got warmer we spend more time in the park than usual and when Tiffany is taking her nap I don’t know what to do first. I wish I was a little more organized. I do ten things in the same time. I really need a third hand or more hours in a day.
Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls
Despite my not so often writing a new post I did cook and bake as usual just sometimes it’s so hard to take step by step photos when your making bread, soup, main dish, dessert, do laundry and dishes, vacuum, dust and put toys away in the same time.
If you know the secret on how to keep your house spotless and still having plenty of time to relax, please share.
Few days ago, while browsing for new bread ideas I ran across some cheesy, gooey, soft rolls. Cheese? I love it! walnuts? oh, yes please! whole wheat? You betcha!
Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls
I knew I had to make them. Oh, and I’m so happy I did. I may not have followed the recipe 100% but I was close.
Instead of a mixture of whole wheat and bread flour I used just whole wheat and while waiting for the dough to rise some tiny fingers stole my blue cheese from the counter top. I used feta cheese instead and skipped the sea salt on top (the cheese was salty enough)
The result – although they were not as fluffy as if I had used all purpose flour, the recipe is definitely a keepsake. I’m going to try the blue cheese version next weekend too.
Never tried the walnut-feta cheese combo before, but we all liked it.
Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls
Now, take my word for granted and make yourself some rolls. Still having doubts? How about now?
Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls

Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls

Whole Wheat Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Rolls


  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 pkg rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • olive oil for brushing


  1. Sift the flour in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add 1 1/4 cups water.
  2. Add yeast and stir in just enough of the flour a little at a time to make a sponge (about 1 cup of flour), then cover with plastic wrap and let sit until the sponge starts to get bubbles, about 20 minutes.
  3. With the dough hook on start mixing adding the remaining 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp salt and walnuts.
  4. Knead until the dough cleans itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Take the dough out and place it in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm area to rise.
  6. When doubled in volume take the dough out and place on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough out into about a 15x18 inch rectangle, and scatter the crumbled cheese over it. Roll up the long side, and cut into 16 rolls.
  8. Place cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap.
  9. Place in a warm area to rise, and turn on the oven to 400 degrees, with the rack set at the center position.
  10. When the rolls have almost doubled in bulk, brush them with olive oil.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and done in the center. Cool on a rack until warm and serve!


Adapted from Garlic and Sea Salt http://garlicandseasalt.blogspot.com/2011/05/whole-wheat-roquefort-and-toasted.html


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  1. Alina---Explora Cuisine says

    It can't be easy having a daughter and keeping this blog as well, not to mention the rest of the things you have to do! I do admire your patience and the effort you put in all your recipes! Great job Roxana!

  2. Emily @ Life On Food says

    These look yummy. I was in IKEA last night and they have the best smelling cinnamon rolls. These seem to be much better. I cannot wait to try.

  3. sara @ CaffeIna says

    I really would like to know the secret of keeping a house clean and still have time to relax. And I don't have kids! So, no I don't have any magic formula myself. I'm glad though that in all the things you have to do you manage to post your amazing recipes. This one sure is a keeper!

  4. Dzoli says

    Go to the park with basket fool of goodies, people and friends you love , sunshine ..who would wish for anything more;)

  5. Amy says

    Roxana, these sound delicious! What a great idea to swap the blue cheese for the feta, I will have to try out your version next time ;)! Hope you are having an awesome weekend :)!

  6. Kate (Kate from Scratch) says

    Roxana! These look absolutely amazing. My house is a complete disaster. I definitely don't have it figured out, but if somebody does, let me know. I could use the help, for sure. I'm hoping if I don't look at the dishes and I ignore them, maybe they'll magically disappear. Great post and thanks so much for the link! :)

  7. Guvi says

    Hey, busy girl, anytime you find the secret, please let me know, I could definitely use an extra hand and/or a couple more hours per day! However, it doesn't stop me from hating you for the rolls :)). Do you know what time is it?? lol

  8. Our Eyes Eat First says

    they look moist and yummy – I will use all purpose flour as you suggested but it looks pretty fluffy how you made them as well! PS I could really use a third or fourth hand myself : j

  9. Brooks at Cakewalker says

    I've found that keeping myself to a routine was just as important as keeping the toddlers on one. In no time, the rigors of daily chores became second nature and much more efficient. Sometimes I even took a nap when the children did! I know it was in Amy's directions to fill the dough and roll-n-slice like cinnamon rolls, but yours look incredibly inviting with all those delicious treats and morsels inside. Well done!

  10. Junia says

    oooo these are like savory version of cinnamon rolls!!! love the idea of putting walnuts and feta together!

  11. spcookiequeen says

    My dear if you figure out that secret you will make a fortune selling it, he he. I like that savory version of these rolls, they would be worth trying.

  12. Sandra says

    ahh let me take a deep breath and smell those wonderful rolls…they are just calling my name!:)
    Thanks for sharing!!!:)

  13. Wendy Irene says

    They look amazing Roxana! I have a quick question for you. When you use whole wheat flour do you need to let it rise longer? You have inspired me to do some more baking :)

  14. Roxana GreenGirl says

    @ Wendy Irene – when using whole wheat flour it takes a little more time to rise and the dough is not as elastic as when using just bread or all purpose flour.

  15. aipi says

    They look mouthwateringly delicious ~ I can almost taste them and want to grab a few :) Loved the feta- walnut combo !
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  16. Tanantha says

    I know what you mean about doing 10 things at once, ROxana! hahaha I do the same and try to slow down a bit now. I always feel like i don't have enough time to do stuff.

    These rolls look amazing! It's gooey as you described and is so pretty!

  17. Magic of Spice says

    Goodness these look good…I love whole wheat breads and I am sure they were perfect if a little less fluffy, I would not mind a bit :)
    Will check out your links…

  18. Correen says

    You lovely foodie you…you are gonna make me keep yeast on hand yet with all your tempting breads and such. The roquefort, mmm! mmm!

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