German Brotchen or Broetchen (Semmeln) in German are without exaggerating the best! Everyone who has visited Germany knows that these rolls are the best. They are part of every good German breakfast and they need to be fresh. A fresh Broetchen is slightly crunchy and never soft. How to keep Broetchen fresh?
You would not keep them in plastic bags. We recommend to use a wooden box or paper bags. In Germany there are special bread boxes or pots made out of ceramic or wood where you would keep your bread. These pots prevent that the bread gets stale fast and it won’t dry out, or get soft like it does in plastic containers.
Ingredients German Brotchen
150 g wheat flour (1050) – US High Gluten Flour
135 ml warm water
10 g fresh yeast or 1 pk dry yeast
350 g wheat flour (550) – US All Purpose Flour
140 ml water, as needed
10 g salt
20 g pork grease (Schmalz) or butter
1/2 tbsp Honey or 20 g sugar
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Baking Instructions German Brotchen
– Make the pre-dough by mixing all pre-dough ingredients; dissolve yeast in water, then knead until you get a smooth dough.; knead for 5 minutes; then let raise for 30 min.
– Then add all remaining ingredients to the dough.
– With the mixer and kneading hooks knead for 10 minutes. You want the dough stretchy and smooth. Let it raise for 20 minutes.
– Make about 50 pieces out of the dough and roll them to balls (See the video).
– Place them on a floured baking tray; cover with a kitchen cloth or foil.
– After 15 minutes remove cover and dust a layer rye flour on top, with a knife make a cut in the middle.
– Place rolls on a greased baking tray, cover with kitchen cloth or foil.
– Let them raise 35 min or until you see a visible change in volume.
– Spray the buns with water until they are shiny, the baking tray should be wet too.
– Add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, caraway seeds or a mix of your favorite bun topping. Even coarse salt is great!
– Bake in pre-heated oven on 210 C or 400 F for 20 minutes. If you use a convection oven temperature is 370 F.
Form the Brotchen as we do in Germany