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