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Oma's Brötchen ~ German Bread Rolls Recipe

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Looking for a German bread rolls recipe that's reminiscent of the Brötchen you had in Germany? Take a look at these. They are just like Oma's! Depending which part of Germany you are from, these are know by various names ... Brötchen (a diminutive of Brot meaning bread), Semmel, Schrippe, Rundstück or Weck, Weckle, Weckli, or Wecken. However, they are all know for being WUNDERBAR! 

If there's one thing that's missed by almost everyone who has been in Germany and the one recipe that's always requested, it's this one. And, I've made it really easy by using my bread maker. Just 15 minutes prep time and ready in 3 hours. WUNDERBAR!

Oma's Brötchen ~ German Bread Rolls Recipe 


For the dough:

  • 1¼ cups lukewarm water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soft butter
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp yeast (active dry)

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  • Put all dough ingredients into Bread Maker. (Follow manufacturer's recommended order.)
  • Set Bread Maker on to "dough" setting. This will take about 1½ hours.
  • When dough is ready, remove it from Bread Maker. Place dough on counter that's lightly dusted with flour and gently fold it several times.
  • Form into a roll, about 12 - 16 inches long and then cut into 12 sections.
  • Form each piece into a ball and place onto 2 lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until double in volume, about 45 minutes.
  • About 15 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 425° F. Place an empty baking sheet on bottom rack.
  • When oven is hot, gently brush rolls with egg wash ( mixing 1 egg white with 2 Tbsp milk). Cut a fairly deep slash in top of each roll with very sharp knife.
  • Place 1 cup of ice cubes on the hot baking sheet in oven just before placing baking sheets with rolls into oven. 
  • Bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or until tops are nicely browned. Be careful when removing the rolls from the oven ... there may be steam that escapes when you open door (from ice cubes).
  • Remove to rack and let cool for about ½ hour before serving.
  • Makes 12.

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Really! It's that simple. That's why it's part of these German recipes. It's that good! REALLY! These have become hubby's favorite Brötchen ... he especially loves them with butter and jam for dessert!

Are these Brötchen identical to the ones you can get in Germany?

No, they are not identical. But they are great alternatives that taste so similar to us that we're happy. Why are they different? Part of the problem is that it is difficult to get the same kind of flour as is available in Germany. And the other part of the problem is that making  real Brötchen is very time consuming. 

So, is it possible to make real Brötchen outside of Germany? Yes, with the right ingredients and time. However, for me, I wanted something that is so similar to what we had in Germany that is also practical to make at home. And quick. And wunderbar. And, this recipe is it. 

If we're wanting a bit more 'crunch' ... I make my Artisan Bread ... that's so yummy too!

German Bread Rolls Collage of how to make Brötchen

Leftover Brotchen?

These taste best fresh the same day they are made. If you recall the ones you had in Germany, they didn't keep well till the next day, in fact later the same day, they no longer had that nice crisp crust. That's why they were always bought fresh every morning for breakfast!

However, if you have leftovers, you can spray them lightly with water and place in a 425° F oven for a few minutes and the crust will be crispy again. Or, you can freeze them and then, once thawed, spray lightly with water and place in a 425° F oven for a few minutes as well.

That way, you can enjoy these even if they were not baked the same day. :)

And, you can always make Bread Dumplings!

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