Homemade Kaiser Rolls

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We made crockpot BBQ pulled turkey the other day, and really wanted some kaiser rolls so that we could make them as sandwiches. We took the opportunity to make our own kaiser rolls since it was too cold to walk/run/drive outside just to get some kaiser rolls for dinner.

It was easier than we ever thought it was, and it was much more delicious fresh from the oven than any store bought kaiser roll would be. The only hard thing was to decide on the method to make kaiser rolls. As far as I know, there are two methods – ‘the knot’, and ‘the fold-and-tuck’. Well, of course there is the third way which is to buy a kaiser roll ‘stamp’, which I can’t say is a real ‘method’, so I’m leaving that out. We went for the knot, and that was really easy!


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 + 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil + more for brushing
  • 1 egg
  • 3 – 4 cups of flour

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In a bowl, add yeast, warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, add the egg, 3 tablespoons of sugar, canola oil and 2 1/2 cups of flour.

Mix the ingredients by hand, and add flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Remove the dough from the bowl, and add to a floured surface. Knead the dough for at least ten minutes.

Return the dough back to the mixing bowl, cover, and leave in a warm place for an hour.

After an hour, punch the dough down, and divide into 8 equal portions.

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Roll out each portion into a long string of dough, approximately 8 inches in length.

Tie a knot with the dough, and tuck the remaining ends into the middle of the knot. Place the kaiser roll on a greased cookie sheet.

Repeat with the other seven dough portions.

Brush the tops of the kaiser roll with some canola oil, and sprinkle the sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds on top of the kaiser rolls.

Bake at 400F for 16-20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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