Sunday, 9 December 2012

kaiser rolls

These are quite possibly my favourite bread rolls ever, I have always loved the knotted shape since I first saw them in Germany. They are the sort of bread roll that I always wish I could find more easily in the shops here but they seem to be everywhere in mainland Europe. They have a good crust and don't just fall apart, a bit of a bite but still very light. They're perfect with anything and make especially good burger buns too. This is not a truly authentic recipe but it works well.

Ingredients (for 8-12 rolls depending on size)
3 cups of strong white bread flour
1 cup of wholemeal bread flour
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup warm water (approx)
1 beaten egg
egg wash and seeds for decoration if wanted. 
  1. Place all the dry ingredients and the butter into a large bowl, make a well in the centre pour in the egg and the water and mix together with your hands until a rough dough is formed. You may need to add extra water to bring it all together, do this a tablespoon at a time to avoid making the dough too sticky.
  2. Turn dough out on to the work surface and knead for around 10 minutes or until you have a smooth and silky dough. Place in a greased bowl, cover with cling film and a tea towel then leave in a warm place to double in size. This will take around 1 to 2 hours. 
  3. Once the dough has risen, knock it back then break off small nuggets that are about golf ball sized and roll between your hands until you have a long rope. Make a loose single knot in the rope then tuck the ends into the central hole so that they are concealed. Place each knotted roll on to a floured baking sheet. When you have formed all the rolls, cover the baking sheet and leave to rise again for around 30 minutes to an hour. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 230C. Place a roasting pan with water in the bottom of the oven to create steam while the rolls cook. 
  5. If you want to, brush the rolls with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds. Poppy or sesame seeds are particularly good. 
  6. Bake in the oven for around 20-25 minutes.


  1. Looks so yummy! I had a friend visit this weekend and she is a baker. She showed me some wonderful tips on making delicious breads and pastries! I can't wait to try out this recipe along with what I learned from her. Thanks!

    1. Lucky you! I've only just recently got into bread baking, I was always a bit scared of it before but the recipe is definitely worth a go. I'd love to hear some of your friend's tips - feel free to share ;)

  2. Do you do delivery please? :) Am not sure mine would turn out as neat....

    1. Maybe that should be my next step - food delivery! Give these rolls a go if you get chance, it really isn't difficult to shape them, the dough is very forgiving and easy to handle. Be brave!


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