Kummelweck Rolls

Another interesting yeasted savory bake for this month's We Knead To Bake! Each month, Aparna lists a bread, I feel so nice being a part of this group!

What exactly is this month's bake? A very interesting name, isn't it? Kummelweck Rolls or Buns are of German origin, the literal meaning of the name being "caraway hard rolls". These rolls have a topping of caraway seeds and a generous sprinkling of coarse sea salt. There was a lot of confusion in the group as to what is the Hindi name of caraway seeds, moving in between shah jeera, cumin and fennel. I decided to top these with my favorite cumin seeds and absolutely loved the flavor. As usual, I halved the recipe and got just what we wanted to have for dinner. I was surprised that the elder kiddo, Rasha who is never fond of my yeasted bakes, had her share with a burger tucked inside and finished it off without a trace! The out was hard but the inside was super soft and we enjoyed the buns warm, as soon as they were out of the oven! Off to the way I made it...

Kummelweck Rolls
Makes 4 
Recipe adapted from here


1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (approximately)
Milk to brush
Caraway seeds and coarse sea salt for topping (I used cumin)


Combine the lukewarm water, milk and yeast well. Allow to rest till it froths. It took around 10 minutes as it was quite cold that day.

Add in the oil and honey and give a nice mix. Now add the salt and a cup of all purpose flour and start kneading. Use the remaining flour little by little till you get an elastic, non-sticky dough. Shape the dough into a ball. Oil the surface of the bowl and place the dough. Cover loosely with a cloth and let rise for an hour, till it doubles in size.

Deflate the dough - do not knead -, shape into a round and allow it to rise again, covered for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls and shape into buns. Place them on a greased baking pan. Allow them to rest covered for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Sprinkle the cumin on top, brush with some milk. Bake for 10 minutes. Pull out the buns, sprinkle some water on the buns. Return back to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes at 180 degrees. Take out and give it an oil spray. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy it warm!


I reduced the temperature and baked knowing how hot my oven gets and how fast the top gets browned or blackened! The temperature I used gave me perfect colored rolls!

That's how I enjoyed these buns! :)

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