Brotchen (German Rolls)

READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
Recipe by L. Duch

If you like rolls with a tough crust, this is your roll. These are exactly like the rolls I ate when I lived in Germany. My brother found this recipe and had me test it out. Turns out really yummy.

Top Review by Lauriezp123

I used this recipe in my bread machine on the 'dough only' cycle, starting with 2 1/2 cups of flour and adding a little more at a time until the dough left the sides of the pan. My husband can't get enough of them and said I've spoiled him for any other brotchen! Add the liquid ingredients first, then the oil, sugar, and salt. Next, evenly distribute 2 1/2 c of Bread flour, and make a shallow ditch (or well) in the center and add 'Yeast for bread machines'. *** When the dough has finished the 'rise' cycle, pour it out onto a floured board and punch down by folding. Then divide into 8 sections (for larger rolls) and shape into balls. Cover and let rise until doubled (45 minutes to an hour) and while the oven is heating up to 425 degrees, brush on a mixture of eggwhite and 1 tbsp of water. Put in preheated oven and set timer for 5 minutes. Mist with cold water. Set it for another 5 minutes and mist again. Bake for another 12 to 15 minutes, until light brown. Remove from oven and let cool. They will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Pour 2 1/2 cups flour into a large bowl and form a well in the center.
  3. In a separate container, mix yeast, sugar, and two tablespoons water (water comes from the 1 cup above).
  4. Pour yeast mixture into the well but do not mix with the flour at this time.
  5. Cover bowl with a cloth and set it in a warm place for 15 minutes to rise.
  6. Add remaining water and oil and beat until mixed. Add SALT.
  7. Turn dough out onto counter and knead until smooth. Adding remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed.
  8. Put dough in bowl, cover and let rise until double in size. (about 30-40 minutes).
  9. Punch down and divide dough into 12 parts.
  10. Shape into oval rolls and place 3" apart on greased and floured cookie sheet.
  11. Cover and let rise until double in size.
  12. Beat egg white and 1 tsp water with a fork until frothy and brush onto rolls.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. The time is an estimate, depending on how fast your dough rises.

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