Kaiser Rolls (Bread Machine)

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

Another recipe from the Yahoo Bread Machine list. This one comes from King Arthur Flour.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bread Machine Method:Place all of the ingredients into the pan of your machine, program the machine for manual or dough, and press start. About 10 minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle, examine the dough's consistency; it should be quite stiff, but not at all "gnarly;" adjust its consistency with additional flour or water, as necessary. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.
  2. Shaping:Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into six equal pieces. Shape the pieces into round balls, and place them on a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Working with one ball of dough at a time, center your kaiser stamp over the dough. Press down firmly, cutting to the bottom but not all the way through the dough. This is important; if you don't cut deeply enough, the shape disappears as the roll bakes; if you cut too deeply (all the way through), the roll will form "petals" as it rises and look like a daisy, not a Kaiser roll. Practice makes perfect! Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  4. Place the rolls cut-side down (yes-cut-side down--this helps them retain their shape) onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the rolls, and allow them to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until they've almost doubled in volume. Turn the rolls cut-side up. Dip tops in milk and coat with poppy or sesame seeds, if desired.
  5. Bake the rolls in a preheated 425°F oven for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a wire rack.


Most Helpful

easy and turned out beautiful. Instead of using the "kaiser stamp", I just rolled the dough into a rope, tied a knot and tucked the ends. I'll try the other, more labor intensive recipe a different time and see if it's worth the extra work. But this turned out great in my book.

bradg29 May 19, 2011

I love that this recipe utilizes the bread machine. So easy to prepare and the taste and texture is very close to Kaiser rolls found in German bakeries. We enjoyed these alongside our bratwurst. Thanks for posting!

swissms February 06, 2011

Great recipe. Turned out perfectly for me using the "knot and tuck" process.

Claudia Dawn February 02, 2015

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