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Kaiser Rolls Recipe

Kaiser Rolls Recipe

These rolls can be enjoyed plain with soup or used for sandwiches. I make them at least once a month. This recipe earned me a blue ribbon at the county fair.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • Poppy and/or sesame seeds


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the oil, salt, remaining warm water and sugar and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 16 pieces. Shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Beat egg white and cold water; brush over rolls. Sprinkle with poppy and/or sesame seeds. With scissors, cut a 1/4-in.-deep cross on tops of rolls.
  • 5. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 16 rolls.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 225 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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HeyWatch User ID: 9234256 271708
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

"This might be the best bread recipe ever!

Very easy to make, chewy wonderful aromatic buns.
I have also had trouble with the buns deflating when cut with scissors. I now make really small cuts, and do them before the rise.
Also I found with my hand blender you can't add the first 4 cups of flour all at once. I just add what it will handle, then incorporate the rest with wooden spoon, or kneading.
I bake mine on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, which works well for me. No mess!
PS: 2 'packages' of yeast equals 4 and a half teaspoons (as each pkg is 2 and a quarter teaspoons). I had to look it up :) , I thought I would save someone the trouble."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 266074
Reviewed May. 17, 2017

"I loved these! They are super fluffy and soft inside, with a perfectly crisp outside. This is my new go-to roll for sandwiches and hamburgers. The batch of 16 is perfect too, because then I freeze half for later."

Cheryl User ID: 8977228 257515
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"I was so excited to try these. I followed the recipe and everything was great until I cut the crosses on top. They deflated! Why did these rolls need a cross cut with scissors? I think they would have come out great without cutting a cross on them. We still ate them and the taste was okay. We used them for pulled pork sandwiches. Next time, I will not cut them. Did this happen to anyone else?"

[email protected] User ID: 8759950 243155
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016 Edited Mar. 26, 2016

"The best!!! I like Big sandwiches so I only make 12 instead of 16..."

aprylstar User ID: 5397076 243134
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"My son claims these are the best buns on earth! I have to agree."

Ania_the_baker User ID: 8712903 242461
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"I really liked them, much better than the ones you get in the store ! but it is a lot of work unfortunately."

mrsmakina User ID: 8683001 240827
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"I made this a few times and it came out okay but today I used mostly warm milk and a little water and made the rolls very big and they came out like big, fluffy diner rolls. I am so thrilled that I was able to achieve this ? so milk is my new alteration and staying. Great base for so many rolls. Thanks!"

tisidro User ID: 8649574 239451
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"I made these and despite a critical mistake they still turned out well! I added the egg white in with the dough, which is why I suspect i got very very sticky dough after I punched down the risen dough. Then the 2nd rise was very low and resulted in somewhat flat bread but it was still good! Anyone else have trouble with "stickiness" or was it just the egg white? I plan to try again and do this the right way but just wondering... :)"

M.Neavear User ID: 8463601 232831
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"What a terrific roll! My wife loves it when I make these. She just walked in from Yoga and got all excited seeing them rising LOL

I use all organic ingredients, including organic yeast and substitute Organic Chia seeds for the poppy seeds just because I haven't found organic yet lol
It's a solid recipe, good roll. I prefer a very fluffy roll, so this batch I am letting the second rise go a little longer to see if that gets it for me. That's not to say these aren't well 'fluffed' lol. I grew up on Wonder bread so I like the little extra lol"

lentilsoop User ID: 8138096 213914
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"Tried this recipe for the first time, but cut it in half because I didn't need 16. Unfortunately, I forgot to move the oven rack to the middle position, and scorched the bottoms! But the part that WAS edible--AMAZING! Light, perfect 'chewy' factor, wonderful flavor! Am making these again for French Dip this weekend! Yum!"

Gpa56 User ID: 7468025 87246
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"The rolls were too small for true kaiser rolls. Next time I will make fewer. Otherwise they were very tasty."

kidkrusow User ID: 7385452 36598
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"Love these...

I made them for hamburgers and they were amazing!! Will definitely make these again... and Hit with the family too."

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 30786
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Cut the recipe in half and made it in my bread machine. Used 2 cups bread flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. Also threw in some vital wheat gluten. Very good and looked nice, too."

tchamom46 User ID: 2931489 78883
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011


My mother makes them all the time...she made them yesterday, infact, but they are already all gone! She just finished a fresh batch, and I'm sure they'll go just as quickly. They're light, fluffy, and not too sweet. Totes def a keeper!!"

suzy Q** User ID: 5814818 120975
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This was a wonderful recipe it neead onions in stead of the seeds and a lil more salt but urs are really good jst my whay i made it 2nd yea 2nd urs is defently 1st love iott<333333"

platokid User ID: 5675515 120974
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"very tasty rolls ;i found i needed more time to work the dough and take out the salt other then that well worth the effort this was a first for me i've only have made bread &bagels never rolls"

tchamom46 User ID: 2931489 48040
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"Very light and fluffy--but with a slight crisp on top! I've made them multiple times, and they're always delicious! They puff up a whole lot during the second rising, though, so made the original balls very small, or you'll have gigantic rolls (which isn't always a bad thing =] )"

k1mb4 User ID: 5427943 99782
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"Made 1st time for daughter's birthday party. Everyone loved them - a keeper!"

pete1958 User ID: 4594285 36592
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"I've maid them several times now and the wife,kids and I love them thx. for the res. PETE"

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