Sweet German Milk Rolls – Authentic Recipe

In Germany we love rolls and especially the sweet German milk rolls. They taste so good just alone with butter or with cream cheese and a dot jam on top. I have found for you an authentic recipe for these kind of rolls. They are made out a yeast dough and are not that difficult to make.  The milk rolls are great for the breakfast or brunch table. Happy Baking!

sweet German Milk Rolls

Ingredients Sweet German Milk Rolls

Starter Dough
500 g wheat flour, all purpose, unbleached
1 cube fresh yeast (42g or 0.6oz) or 1 package dry yeast


If you can only find dried yeast use this as a guide for 500g flour: 15g fresh = 1 tablespoon dried = 7g fast-action.

500 ml whole milk (not low fat)

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500 g flour, all purpose, unbleached
150 g sugar
50 g butter
1 tsp salt
some milk

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Baking Instructions Sweet German Milk Rolls

  • Dissolve yeast in milk, add to flour, make a so called “Vorteig” which is a pre-dough or starter: Mix all ingredients very well.
  • Let rise at a warm place, covered with a clean kitchen cloth, until dough has doubled (up to 1 hour).
  • No add all dough ingredients and knead with kneading hooks until you get a smooth dough. You also can knead with your hands which should be sprinkled with flour.
  • Let dough raise again for another 30 min.
  • Sprinkle flour on a baking board or a clean and smooth surface.
  • Knead dough with hands very well.
  • Now form rolls (each should weigh about 80g).
  • Place the rolls on a baking tray layered with parchment paper.
  • Brush milk on top of each roll.
  • Pre-heat oven to 390 F.
  • Before you would bake the rolls, with a knife make a small cut in the middle. Brush again with milk.
  • Bake the rolls for about 15 min.


Attention: They brown fast! Move the grid to a lower level if they are already brown before the end of the baking time.

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