Hard Rolls (Using a Stand Mixer)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Oh how I miss hard rolls! Similar to Kaiser rolls, but crustier, when well buttered, these are a typical quick breakfast in the fast-paced metropolis of NYC and north-eastern NJ. A northern comparison to biscuts and gravy here in the southern USA, but these can be eaten on-the-go for a morning meal and are a lot less messy! These rolls will keep all day in a brown paper bag in your bread box.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl (or your KitchenAid), dissolve yeast with 3/4 cup of the water and sugar. Mix in remaining water, flour, and salt. Mix until dough starts to form. If too sticky, add a bit more flour. Knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Put dough into an oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a warm place, free from draft, until doubled in size (about 2 hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F If you have a baking stone, dust lightly with cornmeal and put into preheated oven. If not, use a cookie sheet. Place a shallow baking pan filled with boiling hot water on bottom of your oven for extra crusty rolls.
  3. ROLLS: Remove dough to a floured surface. Punch down dough and shape into 4 rolls. Place rolls on a peel (large wooden spatula), also lightly dusted with cornmeal, or on a cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise again for 20 minutes. Slit each roll once and brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with poppy seeds. If on a peel, slide loaves onto stone or tile; otherwise put cookie sheet in oven. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden and baked through.
  4. NOTE: To check for doneness, thump the bottom; if they sound hollow, they're done.


Most Helpful

Not exatcly a hard rool, but a great roll anyway. It was more dense than a hard roll, but made a great bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.(made for the Please Review my Recipe Tag Game. July 08.)

Chef Jean July 21, 2008

The recipe came together easily; but the rolls were denser than traditional NJ hard rolls and they were UUUUUGE! :) Next time, I'll get 6 out of them. (oh yes, I will make them again!). I took the recipe through the first rise, made the rolls, covered and slipped them in the frig overnight where they proofed slowly the second time. I wanted to bake them up in the morning. Didn't require any more time baking either. I'm thinking this might make a nice loaf of sandwich bread as well.

carolann April 05, 2016

Not quite what I was expecting. Heavier than what I expected and they did not rise up. They went round enough but there was no real height to the roll. I tried the recipe twice with the same result. If anyone knows why I would like to know. I did add more yeast the second time but still they are too flat. Thanks.

ljhelman February 15, 2016

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