German Brotchen Rolls

These German Brotchen Rolls are the real deal.  They have a crispy crust and a light and airy crumb.  I discovered these imported rolls at our local German meat market.  I tried for years to make these with no success until I was given this recipe by a lovely German woman named Sabine.  Thank you, Sabine!

Golden brown German brotchen rolls tucked in a white cloth and sitting in a woven basket

These rolls are delicious with a simple spread of salted butter.  Yet they also serve as a beautiful canvas for heavier sandwiches.  Sliced pork and beef are a perfect match.

They reheat beautifully in the oven.  Rub them with water, and place them on the middle rack of a 400-degree oven.  They will turn crispy in 3-4 minutes, depending on the heat of your oven. Keep a close eye on them.  They’re like roll gold. ; )

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Golden brown German brotchen rolls tucked in a white cloth and sitting in a woven basket

German Brotchen Rolls

Foodie de Froid
Servings 10 rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
These hoagie rolls are soft yet hold the mightiest meatballs! They are the perfect homemade roll for large hearty sandwiches.
5 from 1 vote


  • 300 ml water lukewarm
  • 7 grams instant yeast
  • 2.5 grams diastatic malt powder
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • 8 grams salt kosher
  • 500 grams bread flour
  • olive oil for greasing container
  • 1 egg
  • sesame or poppy seeds optional


  • Combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil in your stand mixer. Mix on low to incorporate the ingredients. Mix on medium speed (4 o'clock position if using an Ankarsrum mixer) for 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic and pass the windowpane test.
    300 ml water, 7 grams instant yeast, 2.5 grams diastatic malt powder, pinch granulated sugar, 8 grams salt, 500 grams bread flour
  • Turn out the dough and transfer it to a container that has been greased with olive oil. Turn the dough over so both sides are in contact with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Place in a warm spot out of drafts until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
    Please see the recipe notes for additional options.
    olive oil
  • Once risen, place the dough back onto a lightly floured surface. Using your kitchen scale and scraper, divide the dough into 10 pieces of equal weight.
  • Roll each into a tight oval. Use your hand and thumb to create friction on the counter surface and shape them. This tightens the skin of the dough so it will have the proper rise. Hold each dough ball under running water briefly. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Cover and let them rise for 30 minutes or until puffy. I use a pan with tall sides and place a towel over that to ensure the dough does not dry out.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F and place a small heavy pan on the bottom shelf.
  • Whisk egg and add 1 tbsp water. Brush rolls with the egg wash, and sprinkle them with sesame or poppy seeds if desired.
    1 egg, sesame or poppy seeds
  • Quickly yet gently score the rolls lengthwise with a sharp serrated knife. This allows the rolls to expand further in the oven.
  • Place rolls in the oven on the middle rack. Pour 1 cup water into the preheated pan on the lower shelf to create steam. Close the door and bake for 20 minutes or until golden in color and the internal temperature reads 190 °F. Remove from oven promptly.
  • Let the buns rest for 2 minutes before transferring them onto the cooling rack. Let cool for another 30 minutes.

Kitchen Equipment

Stand Mixer
digital kitchen scale
pocket weight kitchen scale


Proofing Bread:  I recommend investing in a bread proofer if you are serious about making consistent bread.  This also becomes important if you live in a cooler climate and don't have the luxury of waiting for your bread to proof.  I purchased a Brad and Taylor folding proofer that I can store in my pantry.  This saves me counter and pantry space!
You don't need any specialized equipment to make beautiful homemade yeast bread.  I started my bread-baking journey by kneading bread with my hands and a used wood-handled dough scraper.  I picked up the scraper for a few bucks at an antique shop.  That is all I needed to turn out beautiful bread.
I've accumulated modern bread-baking tools over the past decades. ; )  I can still turn out an impressive yeast bread with my hands and an old dough scraper.  Some days I choose to do that when I have the luxury of time.  Start with a proven recipe with accurate measurements, and the rest will fall into place.
Freezing:  These keep in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.
Course bun, hot sandwich, rolls
Cuisine American, german
Calories 183


Serving: 10rollsCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 313mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword recipe, yeast
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