Oma's Brötchen ~ German Bread Rolls Recipe

Looking for German bread rolls that are reminiscent of the Brötchen you had in Germany? Take a look at these. They are so similar to 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! Wanting something else that reminds you of German Brötchen? My artisan bread does! 

Prep Time

3 hours

Bake Time

20 minutes

Total Time

3 hr 20 min


Makes 12


For the dough:

  • 1¼ cups (300 milliliters) lukewarm water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt
  • 1½ teaspoon (6 grams) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) soft butter
  • 3½ cups (455 grams) all-purpose flour (more may be needed)
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) instant yeast

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) milk

For baking:

  • 1 cup (about 150 grams) ice cubes


  1. Put all dough ingredients into Bread Maker. (Follow manufacturer's recommended order.)
  2. Set Bread Maker on to "dough" setting. This will take about 1½ hours.
  3. NOTE: after the first few minutes of the machine kneading the dough, check that the dough isn't sticking to the sides of the bread maker and has formed a 'ball'. If the dough is sticking, add a tablespoon of flour, let it knead and gradually add more if needed. The dough should come together without sticking to the pan. See the IMPORTANT note above the recipe.
  4. 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.
  5. Form into a roll, about 12 - 16 inches long and then cut into 12 sections.
  6. 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.
  7. About 15 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Place an empty baking sheet on bottom rack.
  8. When oven is hot, gently brush rolls with egg wash ( mixing 1 egg white with 2 tablespoons milk). Cut a fairly deep slash in top of each roll with very sharp knife.
  9. Place 1 cup of ice cubes on the hot baking sheet in oven just before placing baking sheets with rolls into oven. 
  10. 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).
  11. Remove to rack and let cool for about ½ hour before serving.


  • Don't have a bread maker? Just follow your favorite yeast recipe for the method for making the dough, using the ingredients in my recipe. Once your dough has risen once, continue from where I remove the dough from the bread maker.
  • Another bread maker recipe? Try this rye bread recipe!

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* 02.15.2021 revision update