Baking German Bread Rolls

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Bread & rolls are mainly made from flour, water & a leavening (for example yeast). In Germany there are countless bread variations, which also differ regionally.

Today I’ll show you how easy it is to bake delicious bread rolls with a wheat poolish. Have fun baking!




Cooked/Baked today: Homemade German Bread Rolls
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 24 hours (incl. poolish)
Category: Baking Recipes, Bread Recipes
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Homemade German Bread Rolls

Homemade German Bread Rolls

Homemade German Bread Rolls

Homemade German Bread Rolls

Ingredients for 8 bread rolls:

…for the poolish:

  • 200 grams flour
  • 150 milliliters water
  • 5 grams fresh yeast

…for the bread roll dough:

  • 300 grams flour
  • 150 milliliters water
  • 5 grams fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Additional flour for the countertop

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • High container or mixing bowl for the poolish
  • Cling film
  • High container for the yeast-water mixture
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer/Kitchen machine
  • Kitchen towel
  • Baking sheet + parchment paper
  • Brush
  • Cup with a bit water for the bottom of the oven

Instructions:




…for the poolish:

In a high container or mixing bowl whisk together 5 grams fresh yeast with 150 milliliters water, next add 200 grams flour & stir together until smooth. Cover the poolish with a lid or cling film & allow to rest over night in the fridge.

…for the bread roll dough:

Crumble another 5 grams fresh yeast into a high container, add 1 teaspoon sugar & 150 milliliters lukewarm water & stir together with a whisk or fork until yeast & sugar have completely dissolved.

Preparing Dough

Preparing Dough

Next, in a mixing bowl combine yeast-water mixture along with the poolish, 300 grams flour & a teaspoon salt & knead with a kitchen machine or mixer with dough hook for about 4 – 5 minutes until a smooth but still slightly sticky dough.




Then give the dough a ball shape with your hands, lay it back to the mixing bowl & allow to rest covered with a kitchen towel for about 1 hour in a warm place.

…for the bread rolls:

After 1 hour thoroughly knead the dough again on a slightly floured countertop, shape into a ball & then use a knife to cut the dough into 8 equal sized pieces. Round each dough piece with circular movements under your palms until you got small balls or bread rolls & and then place them with a little distance to each other on a lined baking tray.

Baking Bread Rolls

Baking Bread Rolls

Cover the rolls again with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for another 30 – 45 minutes in a warm place until the volume of the rolls has increased significantly. Preheat the oven to 220°C (top/bottom heat) in time.

Brush the rolls after about 45 minutes with a little water, then cut them for the typical bread roll shape with a sharp knife about 1 – 1.5 inches deep. Afterwards pour some water on the bottom of the oven (to make steam inside the oven) & bake the rolls for 20 minutes in a preheated oven.




After 15 minutes of baking time, open the oven door (to release the steam) & bake the rolls for the remaining 5 minutes with the oven door slightly open (clamp a kitchen towel or pot holder between the door) until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven after 20 minutes & brush them still hot with a little water for a shiny crust.

Let the rolls cool down completely on a grid and serve afterwards. I wish you lots of fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

3 Replies to “Baking German Bread Rolls”

  1. I FOUND THE RECIPE VERY CLEARLY EXPLAINED AND SO I MADE THE ROLLS HOWEVER I DOUBLE THE ENTIRE RECIPE INGREDIENTS AND BROUGHT TO OUR DINNING EXPERIENCE 16 PERFECT ROLLS WHICH WERE QUITE AMAZING SO MY FAMILIES THANKS FOR THE YOU TUBE VIDO AND THE PRINTED VERSION AS WELL

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