Easy! Kaiser Rolls

Easy! Kaiser Rolls

Kaisersemmel or Kaiser Rolls, are a pretzel-like German bread.

Ingredients: 8 Rolls

All purpose or strong bread flour
300 g
5 g
4 g
6 g
Lukewarm water
170 ml
Live yeast (or dry yeast)
12 g (7 g if using dry yeast)
White sesame seds, poppy seeds, etc
as needed


1. Combine the ◆ ingredients together in a bowl and mix them. [If you are using a bread machine: put all the dough ingredients into the machine and run it on the dough course. Skip down to step 8.]
2. Dissolve the yeast in the water, and add it to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes until the starts to come together. Add the butter.
3. Knead for another 5 minutes. The butter should be fully incorporated into the dough, and the surface of the dough should be smooth.
4. [First proofing] Gather the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 40~60 minutes.
5. Check the dough after 40 minutes. It should look like this.
6. [Resting] Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape them into smooth balls. Let them rest for 10 minutes. While resting, cover them with a slightly damp tea towel, so they don't dry out.
7. Make sure the dough is shaped into a neat ball. use the ball of your hand to slightly flatten the ball into the proper shape for a kaiser roll. Create crown-shaped imprints in the dough using the side of a fork.
8. Press sesame, poppy, or other seeds into the tops of the dough balls, if you want seeded rolls.
9. [Second proofing] arrange the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, and let the dough rise in a place that is about 38℃
10. When the rolls have risen, spray them lightly damp with water, and bake them in a 200℃ oven for 15~18 minutes.
11. [Advanced shaping technique] You can also shape the bread using your fingers. This method may not leave clean lines, like you see with the fork above, but I encourage you to challenge yourself and try it.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make my favorite German bread at home, so this recipe is a reproduction of the kaiser rolls I always buy.