Baking Potato 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. A somewhat unusual variant is, for example, potato rolls.

The addition of potatoes gives the rolls a nice crust and a super juicy interior. Today I’ll show you how to bake tasty potato rolls at home. Have fun baking!

Cooked/Baked today: Homemade Potato Rolls
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 2 hours & 30 minutes (incl. resting time)
Category: Baking Recipes, Bread Recipes
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Baking Potato Rolls

Baking Potato Rolls

Baking Potato Rolls

Baking Potato Rolls

Ingredients for 8 – 10 potato rolls:

  • 500 grams flour
  • 300 grams peeled potatoes
  • ½ cube fresh yeast (about 20 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • Additional flour for the countertop

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Pot to cook potatoes
  • Colander to drain potatoes
  • Ladle to skim potato water
  • High container for the yeast-water mixture
  • Whisk or fork
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer/Kitchen machine
  • Kitchen towel
  • Baking sheet + parchment paper
  • Knife


…for potatoes:

Cover potatoes in a saucepan with lightly salted water, bring to a boil and cook over low heat with the lid closed for about 20 minutes. When the cooking time has ended, use a ladle to skim 125 milliliters potato water & set aside to cool, then use a colander to drain potatoes & allow to steam.

Cooking Potatoes

Cooking Potatoes

…for the dough:

Mash the cooled potatoes with a fork. Crumble ½ cube of fresh yeast into a tall container, add 1 teaspoon sugar & also pour in cooled potato water, then mix everything with a whisk or a fork until yeast and sugar have completely dissolved.

Next, add the yeast-water mixture along with mashed potatoes, 500 grams flour, a dash of olive oil & 1 teaspoon of salt into a mixing bowl & knead together with a kitchen machine or mixer with dough hooks for about 4 – 5 minutes until a smooth & sticky dough.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface, knead briefly and form into a ball, put back in the mixing bowl and cover with a kitchen towel for 45 minutes in a warm place until the dough volume has increased significantly.

…for the potato rolls:

After resting time briefly knead the dough again on a lightly floured work surface & then cut into 8 – 10 pieces of about the same size. Form each piece of dough with circular movements under your palms into small balls or bread rolls, place them on a lined baking sheet & finally sprinkle the rolls with a little flour.

Shaping Potato Rolls

Shaping Potato Rolls

Cover the potato rolls with a kitchen towel & allow to rest for another 30 minutes in a warm place until their volume has increased significantly. Preheat the oven to 200°C (top/bottom heat) in good time.

After about 30 minutes, cut the bread rolls with a sharp knife about 1 – 1,5 centimeters deep & then bake the rolls for about 20 minutes in a preheated oven until brown & crispy. Get the done potato rolls out of the oven, allow to cool a bit on a wire rack & then serve. Have fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

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


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