Kaiser rolls are traditionally a semi-hard and crusty roll that you can use to make sandwiches or enjoy with butter as a dinner roll. These traditional kaisers are delicious, but at some point, you may find yourself wanting a little variety. This garlic potato kaiser bun recipe will give you that variety! They're made with potato flakes, which makes them a little softer than your average kaiser roll. The addition of garlic gives them some extra flavor, too. So, without further ado, here's the recipe!
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 cup potato flakes
- 1 1/2 cups warm water, approximately 120 degrees F
- 1 packet active, dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
Start by combining the water, sugar, yeast, and 1 cup of bread flour. Stir, and let sit for 15 minutes. The mixture should become foamy.
Slowly stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. When about half of the flour has been added, stir in the potato flakes, salt, canola oil, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. When these ingredients have been fully incorporated, continue adding the flour.
When all of the flour has been added and incorporated, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead it for 5 minutes. Then, place the dough in a gently oiled bowl, cover it in plastic wrap, and let it rise for 90 minutes.
Punch your dough down, and divide it into 18 equal portions. Shape each portion into a roll. Spread the rolls out on a greased baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between them. Let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes.
Beat the egg white, and brush the top of each roll lightly with egg white. Use just enough to moisten the roll. Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with sesame seeds, and also with a little garlic powder.
Place the rolls in a 375 degree F oven, and bake them for 30-35 minutes. The rolls should be lightly golden brown on top, and the sesame seeds should appear toasted.
Let the rolls cool completely before slicing into them. They should store for up to five days on the counter in a sealed container; the potato flakes really help keep them moist. You can use them however you would use general kaiser rolls.