Wonderful Homemade Kaiser Rolls!

Recipe by ChipotleChick
READY IN: 1hr 45mins
YIELD: 16 rolls




  • Beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Set aside.
  • Combine yeast and warm water, and let sit about 5 minutes.
  • Add shortening, sugar, salt and 3 cups of the flour.
  • Beat with dough whisk or heavy spoon for 2 minutes.
  • Fold egg whites into yeast mixture.
  • Gradually add flour 1/4 cup at a time, until dough comes together and begins to pull away from bowl.
  • Turn onto a floured surface.
  • Knead, adding more flour as needed, for 8-10 minutes, until smooth and pliable w/ bubbles.
  • Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, and cover with damp towel.
  • Let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down, cover and let rise again until double (about 45 minutes.) Punch down and turn out onto lightly oiled surface.
  • Divide dough into 18 equal pieces.
  • Use rolling pin to flatten each piece into a 7 inch circle.
  • Fold left side to center to form a flap.
  • Fold next side into center.
  • Repeat all the way around 4 times to make overlapping flaps.
  • Lift the first flap to ease the last flap underneath.
  • Press center to seal the dough.
  • Takes some work, but they look pretty when you get the technique down!
  • Place rolls upside down on a well-greased baking sheet, 3 inches apart to help them keep their shape.
  • Let rise 30 minutes, turn right side up, let rise 15 more minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Put a shallow pan on the bottom shelf of oven.
  • Lightly brush the rolls with egg wash.
  • Sprinkle with poppy or caraway seeds or coarse salt.
  • Place 1 cup of ice cubes in the heated pan in oven.
  • Immediately put the rolls in and bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown (internal temp will read 190).
  • Remove and cool on racks.