aiser rolls, also called Vienna rolls or hard rolls, are crusty, round yeast raised rolls that originated in Austria. The word ‘kaiser’ means emperor in German, and there is a belief that they got the name after Emperor (Kaiser) Franz Joseph I of Austria who lived at the turn of 19th and 20th century. Kaiser rolls are traditionally made without any topping; however, these days, you can find them topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds or flax seeds. The signature shape is obtained by using a special stamp that is impressed into the shaped roll.
If you don’t have the stamp, you can make the similar shape by hand, using this technique: Roll the dough into a thin rope.
Make a knot.
Take the left side of the dough and pull it upwards into the center of the knot.
Take the right side of the dough and pull it downwards into the center of the knot.
You should have something like this:
Kaiser rolls are ideal for making sandwiches, and they are as popular in Austria and Germany as hamburger buns are in America. They are best when freshly baked, so you know what to do!
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