Kaiser Rolls

Kaiser Rolls topped with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Kaiser Rolls topped with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Yesterday afternoon I put together the dough for these Kaiser Rolls. I had put some beef in the crock pot earlier in the day. My husband had requested pot roast for dinner, but he’s also been trying to get out of a menu rut so I decided to do my own thing with the beef, and make sandwiches.

I didn’t make these sandwich rolls with the intent of writing about them but they turned out so good that I decided to share them. The best thing about dinner last night is that I managed to make it entirely with ingredients that I had on hand. For some reason I didn’t want to go the grocery store yesterday. I wish I had measured carefully when putting the ingredients for the beef together. Next time I will so that I can share that recipe too. In case you’re curious, my husband was not at all disappointed that he didn’t have pot roast for dinner last night! 🙂

The recipe for the Kaiser rolls is on The King Arthur website. I rarely retype recipes that I get from Internet sites, but since I used a different method for mixing the dough I will type it here. If you want to use your bread machine or mix it manually be sure to check out King Arthur’s directions. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook.

There is no comparison in flavor or texture between these rolls and the ones you get from the store. I didn’t know a sandwich roll could be so good. Prior to yesterday it hadn’t occurred to me to make these myself but I’m so glad I did.

Kaiser Rolls

3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup water (+ 2 T. if it’s really dry where you live)


1 large egg yolk

toasted sesame seeds

Warm the water to 80-85 degrees. Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer. Attach the dough hook. Mix on speed 2 for 15-30 seconds. Gradually add the water, butter and 1 large egg, and mix for two minutes at speed 2. If the dough looks shaggy add one or more tablespoons of water until the dough clings to the hook and all of the flour is incorporated. This takes a minute or two. Once the dough is clinging to the hook continue mixing on speed 2 for 3 more minutes. (The lowest setting on my Kitchen Aid mixer is “Stir”, speed 2 is the next lowest speed.)

Butter a container that is large enough for your dough to double in size. Place your dough in the buttered container and roll it around so that all sides of the dough are buttered. Cover the container loosely with plastic wrap and allow the dough to double in size. This takes about one hour.

Punch down the dough and divide it into six equal pieces. Shape each piece into a 14 inch rope. Loosely tie the rope into a granny knot. Gently take the ends of the rope and wrap them around the knot and tuck the ends into the center. For a pictorial of this check out the directions at The King Arthur Baker’s Banter’s blog.

Place the rolls on a greased cookie sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow the rolls to double in size. This takes about one hour. Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Place an empty broiler tray or a cast iron skillet on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk the egg yolk in a small dish, and using a pastry brush, paint the rolls with the egg yolk. Sprinkle the rolls liberally with the toasted sesame seed.

Place the cookie sheet with the rolls on the center rack of the oven and quickly pour 1 cup of hot water into the preheated broiler tray and shut the oven door. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the rolls are golden brown.

Love those sesame seeds. If you don't you could use poppy seeds instead.

Love those sesame seeds. If you don't you could use poppy seeds instead.

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8 Responses to “Kaiser Rolls”

  1. Elyse Says:

    I love Kaiser rolls! My boyfriend Todd loves them even more than I do. Usually, we break down and buy ours from a local bakery, but now, I’m going to just make my own. You’ve inspired me. Plus, your rolls look so delicious!!

  2. Joe Says:

    Beautiful rolls! Really – you did such a good job shaping them. I’ve been wanting to try them, but I just never seem to work them into the schedule!

  3. basicallybaked Says:

    Hello Joe and Elyse!
    Thanks for your nice comments. These are pretty easy to make. The rising time gives you plenty of opportunity to get other things done, so they really don’t take a lot of active time. They were definitely worth making.

  4. Katrina Says:

    These look awesome. Love the sesame seeds.

  5. Elaine Says:

    I can’t wait to make these today. We have leftover Roast beef and are making sandwiches tonite for dinner. I have rapid rise yeast so I will only need 1 rise.
    This cuts the time needed to make these in half. I also have my kitchen aide mixer so kneading is a breeze. Thanks for sharing.

    • basicallybaked Says:

      Hi Elaine!

      This has to be a super fast reply because I’m on my way out the door. Without double checking, I’m pretty sure that rapid rise and instant yeast are the same so I think you’ll want to follow the instructions. Either way you’ll get tasty bread, but the dough will be easier to work with if you give it both rises. Have a great day!

  6. LK Says:

    Thanks for sharing your version of this recipe — I’m not sure if I missed reading something, but you don’t mention what to do with the 1 room temperature egg in the first paragraph. Luckily you linked to the King Arthur web site so I saw that it gets incorporated into the dough.

  7. Fish Sandwich « nothing new under the sun… Says:

    […] Kaiser rolls.  For some reason my bread came out denser than I’d like.  I think I didn’t let it rise enough. Next time, I’ll try a soft fluffy roll.  It was still good, so here is the recipe found on https://basicallybaked.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/kaiser-rolls/ […]

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