Kaiser Rolls

by Megan on October 11, 2012

Sometimes life-changing sandwiches happen. Sometimes they’re the Italian-est sandwich with multiple cured meats, roasted red peppers, garlic mustard, basil, goat cheese, and provolone. Sometimes they have corned beef AND potato salad on them. The filling has to be right and the bread has to be the right-est.

Nobody wants to be bullied by sharp bread corners while trying to eat a sandwich, ya know? So if you’re looking for a tasty sandwich bun then I totally recommend these guys. They’re perfectly soft for sandwiching or even for simpe snacking. I hope you make these and then top them with hopes and dreams! Sandwich love!

Kaiser Rolls (makes 16)
Recipe from Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water, divided
  • 4 T sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 6 – 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 t cold water
  • poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer or any large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Whisk in a tablespoon of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes, or until frothy. Add remaining water and sugar, oil, salt, and 4 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour and knead using your dough hook until a soft dough forms and the dough isn’t sticking the side of the bowl anymore. OR turn dough out onto a clean surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  2. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Punch dough down and divide into 16 pieces. Shape each into a ball, place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Cover and allow to rise until doubled. About 30 minutes. Meanwhile turn the oven on to 400ยฐF and allow to preheat.
  4. Beat egg white and cold water. Brush over rolls. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, cut a 1/4-inch deep slash on the top of each roll.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Make sandwiches!

Yay! Click HEREย for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

This sandwich from Mudgie’s inspired these rolls to happen.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy October 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

I think the bread might be even more important than the filling, when it comes to sandwiching. these look like the sandwich rolls of my dreams!

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Gurl, you’re totes right. And knowing about your brioche roll love, you’d totally be into these guys.

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Abby@ Totes Delish October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

Love the reasoning behind why round rolls are better than square bread! These would be perfect for a hearty fall sandwich : )

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Yes! Much easier for individual sandwiching!

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Leah October 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

The bread is the most important part for me!! I am making these this weekend, for sure, I just looove bread! I could of used this recipe a week ago to use with all the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers I had to eat this week ๐Ÿ™‚

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

For sure! And shucks!

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mum October 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

Ahhh bread…one of my favorite things in the world! From the smell when baking to eating it when it is HOT from the oven!! These are beautifully yummy looking.

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

You’d totally love these, Mum.

We’re making potato rolls for thanksgiving still right?

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Adriana October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Oh my! every saturday morning I buy kaiser rolls from the farmers market pearl bakery stand. I have been wondering if I’d be able to make them. Thanks for this recipe! and yay for rolling rock!

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yay! I hope these live up to those guys!

And yeah, Rolling Rock is my go to beer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shelly October 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Oh man! I am a sandwich fanatic and cannot wait to make this bread to spice up my weekly lunches!

Beautiful photos!

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Shelly! Sandwiches fo lyfe.

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Billy October 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

The person that invented potato salad on a sandwich is a genius.

Also I would like to know more about this garlic mustard.

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Megan October 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Right?!

And the garlic mustard is from Trader Joe’s. I’d just marry it, if I could!

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Laura Dembowski October 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Those look wonderful! I love super soft homemade bread.

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Kris October 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

I LOVE everything about this post. Probably because I love a good sandwich! Oh, and this, “Nobody wants to be bullied by sharp bread corners.” ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lina April 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Hi Megan, so glad I found your site. The sandiwch looks delicious. What type of cured meats are those in the image?

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Vicky Durrant March 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Your recipe looks so good! I’ve never tried making kaiser rolls before, but your recipe makes it seem really easy! I really like that you sprinkle the rolls with poppy seeds, I bet that this adds a lot of flavor! I’m going to be having some friends over for lunch tomorrow, so I’m going to make them sandwiches using your recipe. I’m sure that the sandwiches are going to turn out delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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