My husband is German, and brotchen are his favorite rolls. So when I was searching for recipes, I saw yours. It is too complicated for me to make your recipe every am, but I came to say that I use my bread machine french bread recipe (your exact halved prportions of yeast sugar water salt and flour, but no otehr ingredients)THEN bake the dough using your hint ice cubes on the tray when I put them in the oven. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT HINT. I think it adds something. My husband loves my rolls every am, and I feel like I am using an authentic trick. I researched a LOT of recipes for brotchen and did not see this trick anywhere else, including some brotchen discussion strands!
I did it! I did it!! This is AMAZING! This is the first "bread" that I have made that turned out like it should!! Thank you so much! The inside came up light and fluffy. And the outside has a slight crunch to it but not to much. And it isn't chewy either. It is PERFECT! Thanks for posting such GREAT directions. I will make these again and again.
Ate these right out of the oven with butter. I plan on using these for breakfast sandwiches.
Our family spent some time in Germany and still often crave the foods that we had while there. I had seen this recipe quite some time ago, but hadn't tried it until today. They are a big hit already! Thank you for sharing this!
Never made bread in my life and decided to follow this recipe. It was so easy and straightforward. The bread turned out amazing and was my first kitchen success as I'm new to cooking. A must eat!
My DH always asked for brotchen after returning from Germany but we could never find anythign close to these tasty, crusty rolls. This recipe is as close as we can get! For the crusty texture, DH usually warms the oven and tosses in a roll or two for 5 minutes to regain the hard crust.
These rolls are very delicious and very easy to make. I will be making these again and again.
These are sooooo good! They just came out of the oven and they are sbsolutely scrumptious. The outsides have a little crunch and the insides nice and soft. The first pan made 15 and I have more than half the dough left. I didn't see the directions about the ice until I was halfway through making them. I don't have a 2nd rack so I just threw water on the door a couple of times.