German Brotchen or Semmeln like from Germany

German Brotchen, or Brötchen (Bavarian: Semmeln) in German, are without exaggerating the best! Everyone who has visited Germany knows that these rolls are super delicious. They are part of every good German breakfast and, of course, they need to be fresh. A fresh Broetchen is slightly crunchy and never soft. How to keep Brötchen fresh? Please don’t keep them in plastic bags.
Recommended is a wooden box or paper bags. In Germany there are special bread boxes or clay pots made out of ceramic or wood where you would keep your bread or rolls. These pots prevent that the bread gets stale fast and it won’t dry out, or get soft like it does in plastic bags (see containers at the bottom of the recipe). Happy Baking!

Ingredients German Brotchen

Starter Dough (in German “Vorteig”) 
150 g wheat flour (1050) – USA High Gluten Flour – Find it Here – 
135 ml warm water
10 g fresh yeast or 1 package 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

Not sure what Flour to Use?

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Baking Instructions German Brotchen

– Make the starter dough by mixing all starter ingredients.
– Dissolve yeast in water, then knead until you get a smooth dough.
– Knead for 5 minutes.
– Let raise for 30 min.
– 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 raise for 20 minutes.

– Make about 50 pieces out of the dough and roll them to balls (See the video).
– Place them on a baking tray layered with parchment paper or sprinkle baking tray with flour>
– Cover with a kitchen cloth.
– 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 (or layered with parchment paper, cover with kitchen cloth.
– Let them raise 35 min or until you see a visible change in volume.

– Spray the rolls 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.

The German Breakfast Box – Find it Here – 

german breakfast box

Form the Brötchen as we do in Germany – It’s called “Rundschleifen”. That’s the secret to make round Brötchen!

medium size brotbox assortment

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4 Comments on “German Brotchen or Semmeln like from Germany

  1. As a German living in the US, I have really missed a good Broetchen, for many years. These are EXACTLY like the ones at home. Perfect!! Even the soft, fluffy part on the inside is absolutely spot on. I’m in heaven, and even my kids love them.
    I had to do some googling to find out which flours to use, and for anyone else who doesn’t have access to flour with numbers, here it is:

    1050: It’s a mix, 80% bread flour + 20% whole wheat flour. In this recipe, that translates to 120g of bread flour, and 30g of whole wheat flour.

    550: regular all purpose flour.

    The only issue I had was the size of the Broetchen. It’s supposed to make 50, but I only got 30, and even then they were still way too small. But delicious nonetheless. 🙂
    Oh, and I used butter and sugar, rather than Schmalz and honey.
    I can’t wait to make these again!!

  2. This is the best recipe I have tried ! Taste just like home ! Thanks to Joanna the flour ratio helped tremandes . I also doubled recipe for bigger rolls !