Delicious Facts About Kaiser Rolls You Did Not Know

Posted on: 11 September 2018

A kaiser roll is a specially-crafted bread that is known for having a slightly tough but chewy exterior which gives way to a light, flavorful and flaky interior. It's bigger than your standard bread roll but smaller than an entire loaf. A well-crafted kaiser roll is about the size of a large hamburger bun, and it pairs nicely with all matter of delicious food. Hungry yet? Here's what you need to know about the kaiser roll.

All Hail the Emperor 

Legend has it that kaiser buns are named after Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Emperor Franz ruled in the 18th century. The word "kaiser" itself is actually German for "Emperor". It's not a coincidence then that some people often remark that a well-crafted kaiser bun sort of looks a little bit like a crown. Today, kaiser rolls remain a popular breakfast choice in Austria, often served with jam and butter.

How Do You Make One?

Kaiser roll recipes can differ greatly, but in general, they are crafted from white wheat flour. Other common ingredients include butter, eggs, and perhaps a touch of salt or sugar. That "crown" design on top is sometimes also referred to as a five-point pinwheel. In the last century or so, chefs have started adding their own unique touch to the kaiser, adding everything from poppy seeds to onions. Typically, chefs will stretch the dough mixture out so that it is about seven inches or so round and then carefully fold five times from the outside in to create the kaiser's unique look.

Why Order Kaiser Buns?

Simply put, kaiser rolls have always been associated with higher-end eateries and banquets. If your baked goods sale or private party needs a boost, it might be time to add the kaiser to your menu. You could start serving certain sandwiches with kaiser rolls instead of regular bread, or you could make the kaiser roll itself the main attraction, hollowing out a bit of the center in order to inject the delicious food of your choice.

In short, the kaiser bun is a relatively easy way to add a touch of scrumptious royalty to your next meal. Kaiser rolls (sometimes also called hard rolls) take a little bit of practice to make correctly, If you have an important event coming up where you want to impress the guest list, perhaps consider ordering a fresh batch of kaiser rolls, crafted professionally from your local trusted bakery. The Emperor would approve.