Crusty Hard Rolls

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Those bread rolls, known in Germany as Brötchen, are crunchy, richly golden brown rolls with a soft interior, and flavourful thanks to an overnight sponge. Serve them warm with jam or/and butter for the breakfast or with a bowl of piping hot soup as dinner. You can always freeze them and re-crisp in the 150C/300F oven.

  • 125 g All purpose flour
  • 140 g Water
  • 5 g Fresh yeast
  • 140 g Water, lukewarm
  • 5 g Fresh yeast
  • 375 g All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Malt extract
  • 2 tsp Salt
  1. Combine together the flour, water and yeast in a mixing bowl. Cover and leave the starter at room temperature for 16-20 hours.
  2. Whisk together the water and fresh yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add in the rest of ingredients together with the sponge. Mix until a soft, smooth dough forms.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball and return it to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle a bit of flour over the top of dough. This will keep the dough from sticking. Cover with a plastic and set aside for 90 minutes to rise.
  4. When the dough has doubled in bulk, turn it out on a lightly floured work surface. Lightly press down the dough and shape into a long roll. Cut the roll into 12 - 15 pieces. Take each piece of dough and form into a round or oval shaped roll.
  5. Place rolls on the baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise until double, about an hour. Preheat oven to 230C/450F and place an old baking pan on the bottom rack. Slash a 1/4-inch/5-mm deep cut across the top of each roll.
  6. Place rolls in the oven on the next shelf up, pour 1 cup of water into the old baking pan and close the door quickly. Turn oven down to 220C/425F and bake for 20-25 minutes until they're richly brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a wire rack. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Foodness Gracious 7/11/11 16:59

I'm looking for a good dinner roll for thanks giving, could this be it? I certainly think so...bookmarked!
Take care,

Happy Cook / Finla 7/11/11 16:59

Looks super super yumm, we have a roll like this called pistolet. Loe this one too really perfect.

Ann@Anncoo Journal 7/11/11 17:15

These hard rolls look very good and I would like to dip it in my curry sauce :)

Lilly 7/11/11 17:22

You've made it look so easy. These rolls look perfect!! I love the crunchy crust and the soft centre. Nothing beats homemade bread!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 7/11/11 17:30

They are really beautiful and look ever so tempting!



Kumi 7/11/11 18:25

I just baked a baguette myself last night, but it doesn't look nearly as good as these rolls!! (I didn't put a good slit in it and baked a tad too long...) I love the crusty rolls, so I'll have to give this recipe a try.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 7/11/11 18:39

I think I could bake bread and desserts all day. But I would want to come and watch you for a while before heading out all on my own :) These look better than most you find in a bakery! Great job - really beautiful. Thanks for another mouthwatering post. Have a super week.

Santosh Bangar 7/11/11 18:43

baking hard rolls are looking cute

aipi 7/11/11 21:17

Those rolls look soooo perfect! Neat pics!

Lizzy 7/11/11 22:55

My German dad LOVES hard rolls! My mom would buy them for him whenever she found any. If he comes to visit for Thanksgiving, I'll try to make yours for him! They are beautiful~

Ilke 7/11/11 23:15

They look so cute, Angie :) I should make these and freeze them. There will be lots of dinner parties in the next two months. Need to start getting ready!

OohLookBel 8/11/11 00:07

These rolls look exactly like the expensive ones I get from the local (expensive) bakery. I wish I could make them like you do!

Rachana 8/11/11 00:45

Brötchen looks perfect. Love the crunchy crust :-)

Tanantha 8/11/11 01:09

wow these look so good Angie! I like crispy crust and soft inside!

Claudia 8/11/11 01:12

Yes, with just a tad of melty butter. Shhh... I buy my rolls. But I'd rather have yours.

Betty 8/11/11 01:19

Those rolls look so good- I have a weakness for homemade bread. They'd be perfect with a nice bowl of soup. :)

Quay Po Cooks 8/11/11 01:20

Your hard rolls looks so professional! This goes well with soup or anything with gravy! YUMM!

yummylittlecooks 8/11/11 01:58

I would like to have this with mushrooms soup ^^So nice :)

claudia @whats cookin 8/11/11 02:19

I love bread better than any dessert with butter its a bonus, your pictures are calling me !

Ah Tze 8/11/11 02:21

Another beautiful bake from you! Love this type of hard crust bread too!

Catherine 8/11/11 02:22

Dear Angie, Oh my how good these must be warm with melted butter. Blessings, Catherine xo

Kelly 8/11/11 02:41

Angie, these buns are perfect! They look like something you would buy at a bakery... and your photos are just so beautiful.

kitchen flavours 8/11/11 02:46

Your crusty hard rolls looks perfect! I love crusty hard rolls, especially when warm spread with a thick spread of butter! Yum!

Velva 8/11/11 02:58

These rolls look like they came right from the bakery-fabulous job. I have been to Germany several times and can totally appreciate the idea of enjoying it each morning with jams, cheeses and meat too.


Barbara Bakes 8/11/11 03:15

What a great roll. I never think to make hard rolls.

Anonymous 8/11/11 04:12

These are absolutely perfect! I know there's a word for the shape of the oval, but I can't think of it. What a delicious recipe! Thank you SO much for sharing!

anne 8/11/11 04:27

These are really good with a bowl of hot creamy soup and they're good looking rolls , too :D Should try making bread one of this days :P :D

Elin 8/11/11 06:58

Angie...I have to do this again. Love the crusty roll. I have to make the starter first :) how nice to have this hot crusty roll with a cup of hot coffee right now. It has been pouring heavily and looking at your rolls makes me hungry...No lunch today :p had a heavy breakfast of noodles :p
have a nice day,

Sharmilee! :) 8/11/11 07:02

Looks so cute, perfect crispy snack

Baker Street 8/11/11 07:29

they look absolutely perfect! perfect with a bowl of soup.

the food dude 8/11/11 08:39

Great rolls, I love crusty bread!

Anonymous 8/11/11 09:40

What perfect rolls Angie - I love a crispy roll, especially straight from the oven!
:-) Mandy

Tina 8/11/11 10:08

This does put me in the bread making mode. Finding bread with that perfect texture is hard, so I guess that making them at home is the solution. Crispy crust with a soft inside is the best kind of roll-yours looks tasty!

Joanne 8/11/11 13:40

So cute! Those are the perfect dinner rolls!

Jenn 8/11/11 13:52

Oh, my, how I love crusty hard rolls.... ok, I love any kind of bread, but still.. I bet these would be so good, warm, a little shmear of butter... Delicious!!!

Barbara 8/11/11 14:00

Perfect little rolls, Angie. I usually make a soft roll for the holidays but would love to make these crusty ones. I'm definitely in bread mode, something that doesn't happen often. :)

MARIE2MARIE 8/11/11 15:43

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lena 8/11/11 16:53

not very often i see you baking breads but i must tell you that these rolls looks absolutely marvellous to me! i would like to have some!!

wok with ray 8/11/11 17:11

Wow, you make good looking bread! You are absolutely right because this is perfect for hot bowl of soup. Have a great rest of the week, Angie! :)

Priya 8/11/11 17:35

Prefect looking rolls, can have it for my breakfast..

Michael Toa 8/11/11 19:38

At this time, few things like freshly baked warm rolls and soup or soft butter are the best!

Holly 8/11/11 20:43

These are the kinds of rolls that are perfect for roast in the middle and dip in hot au jus! Mmmmmm!

Anonymous 8/11/11 20:56

Those look like the perfect rolls, Angie. The crunchy exterior is one of my favorite parts. Beautiful plate, too. ;)

Juliana 8/11/11 22:08

Angie, these rolls look so pretty and I love the crusty crust with a soft crumb...beautifully done.
Hope you are having a nice week :-)

Anonymous 8/11/11 23:11

Your bread aka dinner rolls look just perfect! I also love to bake this time of year: there is nothing better!

Amy 8/11/11 23:24

Oh my....these rolls certainly brings back many childhood memories. Although I'm not from Germany but these rolls are popular from the bakeries in my home country-Hong Kong. I gotta bake up a batch soon. :)

Sook 8/11/11 23:33

Angie, those rolls look so delicious! I haven't made rolls in forever. I really should start baking more.

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy 8/11/11 23:46

Love such crusty & perfectly baked rolls. Would try these soon to go along my winter soups. Thanks so much for sharing!

Christy 9/11/11 01:30

Ah, the hard rolls I saw when I was in Germany; they do love them!:) I was skeptical at first, to be honest, as I never did fancy hard rolls :p
However, looking at your post now, I wished I had tried these rolls back then!!:P

Cheah 9/11/11 04:31

Lovely rolls, good to dip in curry sauce. I saw a recipe for bread with sponge dough but only need to let rest for 3 hours, then add in the rest like the normal process. As always, I like to drool at your pics!

Words Of Deliciousness 9/11/11 05:29

I love homemade breads and these rolls look perfect.

Miriam 9/11/11 06:16

These looks like they taste amazing right out of the oven with butter. MMmmmmm :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 9/11/11 14:05

Great looking rolls, I would love them to sop up sauce and just thinking about it is making me very hungry!

TasteHongKong 9/11/11 15:43

May be the round ones for breakfast with jam; ovals, for dinner with soup? Happy : )!

Jeannie 9/11/11 16:46

Wow! I really like your rolls!, would be so nice to dunk into a bowl of hot soup.

Cajunlicious 9/11/11 17:43

I could dunk those in gravy and and have a perfect dinner.

Anonymous 9/11/11 21:28

what lovely bread you made. would love these with some salty butter...

Erica 9/11/11 21:53

Wow! Homemade bread...look delicious!

Cassie//Bake Your Day 9/11/11 22:13

These look wonderful Angie! Perfect for the holidays, just in time!

vianney 10/11/11 02:53

these would be perfect for thanksgiving!! they kinda look like little bolios, lol

Jasna's kitchen creations 10/11/11 03:03

I adore home made breads, especialy rolls. Yours look soo perfect!

Reeni 10/11/11 03:47

What beautiful rolls! So perfectly golden brown and crusty! Wish I had one...

Gina 10/11/11 04:09

Mmm warm bread, these would have gone great with my soup I just had. Extra butter please. Hope you are having a great week, Miss Angie.

noobcook 10/11/11 04:12

they look so cute and perfect for the year-end holidays!

Rosita Vargas 10/11/11 04:17

me encanta el pan luce bellos y perfectos quieroooo probaar,abrazos grandes hugs,hugs.

Lisa H. 10/11/11 05:44

I have always wanted my rolls to look like this... so far its not happening yet *sigh*...
Angie... Angie... please sprinkle some of your magic 'baking' dust over, so I can bake to that 'Perfect ~ Golden Colour' Rolls :D

Mary 10/11/11 06:50

I love hard rolls and yours look delicious. I could almost hear the crust crunch on first bite. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

sare 10/11/11 08:39

Hi, They looks perfect and delicious. Enjoy them.

Eliotseats 10/11/11 12:55

I am thankful to get this great sounding bread recipe.

Faith 10/11/11 13:14

Beautiful and mouthwatering hard rolls, Angie!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen 11/11/11 02:51

I am such a carbaholic and you just fueled my addiction!

Marguerite 14/11/11 03:22

These rolls look so scrumptious and heavenly! They remind me of our French Pistolettes. Beautiful photos, too!

MaryMoh 17/11/11 09:41

These would be so good with your soup...mmm

Jennie 20/11/11 15:35

Crusty rolls are the best!! Fresh out of the oven with butter....Oh my!! These look great Angie!

Magic of Spice 22/11/11 01:02

I love hard rolls and these look perfect!

Srivalli 28/11/11 02:53

Simply awesome!..looks so inviting!


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