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Brötchen are German rolls that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve with dinner or as a snack with cheese or jams.


  • 2½ to 3 cups flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg white


  1. Pour 2½ cups flour into a large bowl and form a well in the center.
  2. In a separate container, mix yeast, sugar, and two tablespoons of water (water from the 1 cup listed n the ingredients above).
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the well but do not mix with the flour at this time.
  4. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set it in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining water and oil and beat until mixed.
  6. Turn dough out on counter top and knead until smooth.
  7. Add the remaining ½ cup flour as needed.
  8. Put dough in a bowl, cover, and let it rise until double in size.
  9. Punch down and divide the dough into 12 parts.
  10. Shape into oval rolls and place 5 cm apart on a greased and floured baking sheet.
  11. Cover and let rise until double in size.
  12. Beat egg white and 1 teaspoon water with a fork until frothy and brush on the rolls.
  13. Bake in a preheated oven at 450° F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

5 Responses to “Brötchen”

  1. Barabara Says:

    Brötchen are eaten in the morning and never at dinner. At dinner Germans normally eat bread.

  2. Uta Says:

    ‘Serve with dinner’ ist absolutely correct (not: serve ‘as’ dinner). But Barbara is also right, for Germans like their bread with different toppings in the evenings.

  3. Short order cook Says:

    Thanks Barbara and Uta – We have corrected the text. Thank you for pointing out the error.

  4. Andy Says:

    Barabara is absolutely right. Brötchen are a breakfast food and have nothing to do with dinner.

  5. Heinz Says:

    Interesting – as a German living in Stuttgart, we eat Brötchen at breakfast and often at dinner time. I didn’t know there was a rule about eating them only at breafast :)