Brötchen German-style Hard Rolls


With this easy to  make roll dough, you can have a fresh baked, hot roll for dinner every night. A German-style hard roll with a crusty chewy crust and a soft, tender crumb. 

I fell in love with the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook when it first came out, so when they offered to send me a copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day to review, I jumped at the chance. Zoe and Jeff have revamped their popular book with 30 brand new recipes, a gluten-free chapter, a new bigger and better tips and techniques section, and a high altitude baking section.


One of features of the new book that I like is that they give the ingredient list in weights. I’m loving my digital scale more and more, and weighing your ingredients is much easier than measuring cup after cup of flour.

I also used the new high altitude baking tips and reduced the yeast I used to 2 teaspoons. At our dry climate I need to use less flour in the recipes. For these rolls I needed 100 gram less flour than the master recipe calls for.


One of the new recipes in The New ABin5 book is Brötchen German-style Hard Rolls rolls. I’m head over hills in love with these rolls. The dough is a bit more sticky because of the addition of the egg whites, so I wouldn’t choose this as the first recipe you make from the book, but once you’ve made a couple loaves of artisan bread, give these rolls a try. The egg white wash glaze gives the crust an extra cripsy crust with a wonderful moist, tender crumb.

You can visit the Artisan Bread in Five website for the basic artisan loaf recipe with step by step direction, as well as the Brötchen German-style Hard Rolls roll recipe and directions.

Or better yet, buy The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day so you’ll always have the recipes and all the additional tips and techniques at your finger tips.

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  1. says

    This sounds like a book I definitely need to add to my collection. Like you, I prefer ingredients listed by weight because of the accuracy. Once I bought my scale my bread baking improved. Your rolls turned out perfect, Barbara!

  2. says

    The “5 minutes a day” series is fantastic! The whole grain one is a book I refer to at least every couple of weeks. These rolls look wonderful…for Thanksgiving or any other day.

  3. says

    I have been waiting and waiting for my copy to come in the mail and now even more! Tremendous these rolls! I love the texture of the crumb. I love Zoë and Jeff’s books and recipes and am thrilled they have this new edition coming out. Now I have bookmarked these rolls!

  4. says

    I have the first book, and love it. I have made the boule about 4 times and have to branch out and try something else. My hubby loves it. Do you think I can make these rolls then? I love hard rolls and your photo looks so delicious.

  5. Carol says

    Beautiful rolls! I’ve heard of the Artisan Bread books but our library hasn’t gotten them in yet. Will have to keep checking……..

    Thanks Barbara-one of these would be wonderful to split with Bob alongside a nice big bowl of homemade soup.

  6. says

    What perfect timing! I’ve been on a bread baking roll (pun intended) as I taught myself how to make baguettes and sour dough rolls. Broetchen have been very high on my list, because of my German heritage. I own all 3 of the AB5 books, and now there’s another one! Yes! Beautiful job, Barbara. The stale ones make the best Bavarian Semel Knoedel.

  7. says

    Love these rolls! I’m going to have to check out that book. I have an Artisan Bread book that complicated as all get out. These rolls look relatively easy and your results are gorgeous! I want the whole batch!