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    Brotchen -Traditional German Bread Rolls

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    3 hrs 20 mins

    3 hrs

    20 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    When I was living & working in Germany, I would go out every morning for breakfast, & every morning I would eat these little babies! This is a traditional recipe for Brotchen. If you like light, fluffy bread rolls DON'T try these! Brotchen are crusty on the outside but are chewy & quite dense on the inside.........

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    rolls

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit until creamy; about 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Mix in shortening, salt and 3 cups of the flour. Beat with dough whisk or heavy spoon for 2 minutes. Fold in egg whites. Gradually add flour 1/4 cup at a time, until dough forms a mass and begins to pull away from bowl.
    3. 3
      Turn onto a floured surface. Knead, adding more flour as necessary, for 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic with bubbles.
    4. 4
      Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Deflate the dough, form into a round and let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.
    5. 5
      Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and form into oval rolls about 3 1/2 inches long. Place on lightly greased baking sheets, cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
    6. 6
      Place an empty baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white with the 2 tablespoons of milk to make the egg wash. Lightly brush the risen rolls with the egg wash. Place 1 cup of ice cubes on the hot baking sheet in the oven and immediately place the rolls in the oven.
    7. 7
      Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 29, 2009

      This recipe is absolutely wonderful, you will not be disappointed. The rolls keep well. To create a crisp crust on the outside, I fill a glass with ice and cold water (more ice than water) and then throw it on the oven floor (I have a hidden element) after putting the rolls on my stone. About half way through cooking time, I turn the bunch around and lightly mist with a little more water.

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    • on June 01, 2008

      55

      Was going to cut this recipe in half, then didn't, 'cause I wanted to freeze some to see how they do, & also gave 8 to some wonderful neighbors of mine! WONDERFUL BREAD all the way around! So unlike the 'Wonder Bread' of my childhood (That's a GOOD thing!) & a great chew-treat! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed whil touring Germany during Zaar's World Tour 4]

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    • on October 29, 2010

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    Nutritional Facts for Brotchen -Traditional German Bread Rolls

    Serving Size: 1 (1686 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 148.9
     
    Calories from Fat 13
    24%
    Total Fat 1.5 g
    2%
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 0.1 mg
    0%
    Sodium 173.2 mg
    7%
    Total Carbohydrate 28.3 g
    9%
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    5%
    Sugars 0.1 g
    0%
    Protein 4.8 g
    9%

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