Enjoy these delicious Kaiser rolls with burgers or a variety of deli meats and cheeses. They make fantastic sandwiches!
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water, about 105 F
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 4 cups bread flour, divided
- 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg, beaten Oil, for greasing the bowl
For the Toppings
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, or poppy seeds, optional
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, optional
- Gather the ingredients.
- Combine the water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand for 10 minutes.
- Add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth.
- Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining flour, milk powder, sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons of butter, and the beaten egg.
- Mix on medium speed for about 6 minutes. If too soft or too stiff, add more flour or water, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time, or until the dough is soft yet pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If you are not using a mixer, mix well with a wooden spoon and knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
- Oil a large bowl. Gather the dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Turn to coat all sides with the oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
- Portion the dough into 2- to 3-ounce pieces, depending on how big you want the rolls.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll a piece of dough into a rope about 12 to 15 inches in length.
- Grasp both ends and make a simple, loose overhand knot with the rope, leaving a bit of space in the middle and 2 long tails of dough.
- Take each tail of dough and wrap loosely around the loop part of the dough, pinching the ends together on the bottom. This will form the “knot.”
- Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Arrange the rolls on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towels and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Make an egg wash with 1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon of water.
- Brush over the rolls and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if desired. Or, simply brush a little melted butter over the tops before or after baking.
- Heat the oven to 375 F.Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown.
- Use for your sandwich or burgers and enjoy!