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Chef John's Kummelweck Rolls

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"These rolls are fragrant with caraway seeds and topped with coarse salt, making them the perfect base for Western New York's Beef on Weck sandwiches."
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2 h 20 m servings 159
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 rolls)


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  1. Whisk 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup warm water, and yeast together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit until foamy, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir 2 tablespoons oil, 1 egg white, sugar, salt, and honey into yeast mixture; whisk until smooth. Gradually add flour to yeast mixture while mixer is running with the dough hook attached; knead until a soft, sticky dough forms, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Drizzle remaining vegetable oil into the bowl and turn dough to coat. Cover the bowl and let dough rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, flatten dough, and press into rectangle. Cut dough into 12 pieces and form pieces into rolls. Place rolls 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  7. Whisk 1 egg white and 2 teaspoons water together in a small bowl. Use kitchen shears to cut an X at the top of each roll. Brush rolls with egg white mixture and sprinkle with caraway seeds and salt.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I like to add about 80% of the flour called for and then continue adding small amounts as the dough kneads until I have the perfect texture. You want a soft, fairly sticky dough that pulls cleanly off the sides of the bowl.
  • Get the recipe for Chef John's Beef on Weck sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 159 calories; 3.2 27.7 4.3 0 328 Full nutrition

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Absolutely the best sandwich buns I have ever made, with or without the toppings. I have been baking breads for over 15 yrs. and they are my new go to buns. I think it's the omission of the yolk...

These have become a family/neighborhood favorite! We sub onion for the caraway, my family isn't fond of the seed, and they still are fabulous! Easy to make and they go with just about everything...

Will definitely make these again. Used these for the Beef on Weck recipe. Everybody loved them.

I’m from Buffalo and I’ve never attempted to make my own kummelweck rolls and this recipe is very authentic! Thanks chef John

Magnificent!. I had never heard of these not having lived in the endogenous area where these reside, but will be sure to make them again soon. Thanks!!

These were so easy to make. Took no time at all before they were out of the oven and served to the family. Beef on a Weck was awesome!

Awesome recipe!! Made this (and the beef) for dinner tonight. I haven't historically had the best success with buns or rolls but that is more poor execution. These turned out great! I didn't ge...

LOVE these rolls! They have a great flavor and texture, I will definitely make these again.

OMGGA Thank you Chef John for this wonderful recipe. It was so easy to make even with out a machine. The whole family loved them. If I could give it Ten Stars I would Thank you, Thank you, Tha...