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How To Make Healthy Four-Grain Kaiser Buns

Kaiser rolls are a classic choice for sandwiches and even for serving as dinner rolls with butter. However, many classic kaiser rolls are made with white flour, which is not the healthiest choice, particularly if you are diabetic or trying to control your carbohydrate intake. Kaiser buns made with four whole grains are a healthier and heartier choice. Here's how to make them at home.


  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oat flour
  • 1/2 cup barley flour
  • 1/2 cup whole grain rye flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 packet active, dry yeast
  • milk
  • sesame seeds

To get started, combine the warm water, yeast, and all-purpose flour. Mix until the flour is moistened, and then cover this mixture. Set it aside in the refrigerator for six to eight hours. The mixture should get bubbly and start to rise.

Remove the initial dough mixture from the fridge, and place it in the bowl for a stand mixer. Add the egg, honey, salt, salted butter, and whole wheat flour to the bowl. Mix on low until combined, and then slowly add the other flours and the vital wheat gluten. When the flour is fully added and moistened, put the dough hook attachment on your mixer, and knead for 5 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, and cover the bowl. Let it rest at room temperature for about 4 hours, or until the dough has doubled in volume. Since the dough is cold from being in the fridge, the rising step will take a while.

When the dough has finished rising, punch it down to remove the air. Then, divide the dough into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a roll. Brush the top of each roll with a little milk, and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. 

Let the rolls rise for 30 minutes. Then, place them in a preheated, 375-degree oven. Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top and sound hollow when you tap on them. If you're not sure whether they are done, you can insert a thermometer into one roll. It should read 190 degrees F when the rolls are finished baking. Let them cool before serving them.