Brotchen (German Rolls)

Recipe by L. Duch
READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
YIELD: 12 rolls




  • 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.