Brotchen (German Rolls)

Brotchen  (German Rolls) created by MoggyK9

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.

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2hrs 15mins
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  • 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.
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"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."
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  1. Sofia G.
    German Brotchen Rolls are easy to prepare however, I have used here ghee butter instead of using dairy butter, ghee adds more flavor and it is safer baking oil that butter. I have used grass fed ghee so that I cam offer my family members the best ghee nutrition. https://milkio.co.nz/ghee-butter/
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  2. lola_h
    So I never lived or traveled to Germany so I really didn't have a point of reference but we loved these rolls. I do have a German neighbor so I will ask her to give them a taste next time (( can't this time because we ate them all)). Loved the hard outside but inside perfect and great with soups.
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  3. MoggyK9
    Brotchen  (German Rolls) Created by MoggyK9
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  4. MoggyK9
    Excellent. Skip the oiling and flouring of the pan and just use parchment paper. Also slash the tops after applying the egg wash.
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  5. Barbara M.
    My son just got back from study in Germany & wanted to try these. A few tips- followed directions exactly The flour on the baking pan (from oil & flouring) burned, & set smoke detector off We cut a slit in the top just before baking as a reader said-DONT DI THIS- made our risen rolls deflate. Maybe do this after shaping, before rising Lastly we could have let the rolls rise longer before baking. The taste was good!
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