These rolls/buns are very easy to make.
So easy that when I decided late yesterday afternoon to bake a batch
they were out of the oven in time for dinner.
It was a warm day, so the dough doubled in just under an hour.
The Kaisers were hand shaped , covered and left to rise until almost doubled.
Again this took just under an hour.
The rolls were sprayed with water and sprinkled with
both sesame and poppy seeds.
And baked in a 450°F oven.
Until golden brown.
About 20 minutes.
Kaiser Rolls make the best hamburger buns.
Kaiser Rolls4 1/2 cups flour
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 to two cups water
1 tablespoon butter
sesame seeds/poppy seeds
NOTE: I use the stretch and fold method rather than machine mix.
Mix flour, sugar and yeast together. Mix egg in measuring cup and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix into flour. Add butter. Mix until well combined. Add more water if needed. Let dough sit for 20 minutes. Add salt and turn on machine and knead dough. Place dough in buttered dough pail, cover and let rise until the dough has doubled.
Tip dough on to floured surface. Shape into a log and cut into 4 oz pieces. Should net 12 rolls. Shape pieces into logs and let rest, covered for ten minutes. Roll dough between hands, or on board to make a rope. Tie a loose knot in the middle of the rope and then tuck one end under and up the middle and the other end down the middle. Place on parchment covered baking sheet. When all the dough has been shaped , cover and allow to rise until double. About one hour. While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 450°F. When rolls are ready to bake, spray with water and sprinkle with poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until rolls are golden brown.
For help in shaping a Kaiser Roll check out one or both of these links.
Pictorial - Pinch My Salt
Video - YouTube