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.
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]
This recipe is the BEST Brotchen recipe I've made. I did do one extra rise and punch down and think that made for a lighter, fluffier inside. Still had that wonderful crunchy crust that I've always loved in German Brotchen. Other than that extra rise I followed the recipe as written and will be doing it again. Highly recommend