This dough makes a great Kaiser roll that you can use for sandwiches and hamburgers. You can also make them a little smaller and use them as dinner rolls.
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
3/4 to 1 cup warm milk
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 sesame seeds
2 poppy seeds
1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon sea salt
If you have a stand mixer with a bread hook, that will make things easier for you, but you can do this by hand, by mixing and kneading as well.
Start by mixing lukewarm milk, yeast, and sugar and let it sit for several minutes (about 5 minutes is good). When the yeast and milk are ready, add your egg and mix everything together.
Next, add your flour, a cup at a time, along with your salt, and mix until the dough comes together. The dough should be sticky at this point, and you can add warm water as needed if your dough is a little dry. Once the dough has started to come together add softened butter, and mix until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl and has completely come together.
Form the dough into a large ball and place in a bowl, greased with olive oil, and allow to rise for 1 hour.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it into a rectangle (or as close as possible). Then, fold it back over on itself (as if you were folding a piece of paper into a tri-fold pamphlet). Then roll it out again. Repeat this 5 or 6 times, then form it into a cylinder, or ball, and let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
Next, divide the dough into equal portions (you should be able to get 8 portions), and roll them into long, even cylinders (as if you were rolling out a baguette). They should be about 14-15 inches long.
To form the rolls, take a strand of dough and tie a basic knot. You’ll be left with two open ends, which you’ll then tuck into the middle of the roll on opposing ends. When your rolls have been formed, allow them to rise for 1 hour.
Once the rolls have risen, beat an egg and brush a light coating of the wash over each roll. Next, sprinkle sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds on each roll (optional) before baking in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
When they’re done, allow them to cool for a bit and enjoy.