Homemade Kaiser Rolls Recipe
These kaiser-shaped sandwich rolls are easy to make and knead by hand or with a stand mixer, and they are excellent for sandwiches or burgers.
- Serves: 12 persons
- For the Kaiser Rolls
- 1cup plus 1 tablespoon water (warm, about 105 F)
- 2 ¼teaspoons active dry yeast
- 4cups bread flour (divided)
- 2tablespoons dry milk powder
- 2tablespoons sugar
- 1 ½teaspoons salt
- 3tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1large egg (beaten)
- Oil (for greasing the bowl)
- For the Toppings
- 1egg white
- 1teaspoon water
- Optional: 1/4 cup sesame seeds (or poppy seeds)
- Optional: 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Combine the water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand for 10 minutes.
Step 3Add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth.
Step 4Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining flour, milk powder, sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons of butter, and the beaten egg.
Step 5Mix on medium speed for about 6 minutes. If too soft or too stiff, add more flour or water, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time, or until the dough is soft yet pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If you are not using a mixer, mix well with a wooden spoon and knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Step 6Oil a large bowl. Gather the dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Turn to coat all sides with the oil.
Step 7Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Step 8Portion the dough into 2- to 3-ounce pieces, depending on how big you want the rolls.
Step 9On a lightly floured surface, roll a piece of dough into a rope about 12 to 15 inches in length.
Step 10Grasp both ends and make a simple, loose overhand knot with the rope, leaving a bit of space in the middle and 2 long tails of dough.
Step 11Take each tail of dough and wrap loosely around the loop part of the dough, pinching the ends together on the bottom. This will form the "knot."
Step 12Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Arrange the rolls on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 13Cover loosely with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towels and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour.
Step 14Make an egg wash with 1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon of water.
Step 15Brush over the rolls and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if desired. Or, simply brush a little melted butter over the tops before or after baking.
Step 16Heat the oven to 375 F.
Step 17Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown.
Step 18Use for your sandwich or burgers and enjoy! Related Recipes Homemade Slider Buns Rich Homemade Brioche Buns Amazing No-Knead Breads