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…Β Recipe adapted from here

This is how we enjoyed our buns… πŸ™‚




Kummelweck Rolls

Course Breads
Cuisine European
Author Rafeeda


  • 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!

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  1. Lovely and looks good Raf. You sure can bake. I definitely like the addition of cumins seeds, my fav.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  2. You got the perfect rolls. Love that burger picture. YUM, i'm yet to bake mine,,

    1. Bake them, Jyothi… you will love them! Thanks a lot…

  3. Interesting, these buns look so well baked… great.

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  4. I too was about to ask caraway seeds ?is it similar to cumin.Bread looks really moist ,loved the burger picture as well.

    1. Caraway Seeds are called Shah Jeera in Hindi and Perum cheerakam in Tamil. Some people refer to Fennel as Perumcheerakam. But the correct term in Tamil for Fennel is Sombu.

    2. Rafs, I ve never heard of these rolls. I am sure the whole house should have smelled great.

    3. There was a lot of discussion on the group regarding what actually caraway seeds are. The conclusion was that caraway was neither shahjeera nor cumin, but a slight more bigger variety belonging to the same family. I was not having shahjeera in my hand at that moment, so I just used cumin! Who calls fennel perumjeerakam, I thought it was always nallajeerakam in Malayalm! Thanks a lot dear, yes these buns were super delicious…

  5. Perfectly baked buns….. looks very interesting………. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  6. loved the color of the crust,looks perfectly made …yummy burger too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely buns…They look super moist:)

    1. Thank you so much Padma… πŸ™‚

  8. Very nice buns, I love them.

    1. Thanks a lot Swathi…

  9. Buns look perfect… Will try soon

    1. Thanks a lot Preeti…

  10. these look so yumm dear..perfectly baked..love to try this

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  11. the outcome is very good..looks fluffy

    1. Thanks a lot Amrita…

  12. Lovely buns. They look delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Ritu… πŸ™‚

  13. Haven't baked buns for quite a while. Yours look so soft. Nicely done!

    1. Thank you so much Kanak…

  14. I can smell the buns being baked…they look so good… and what an interesting name right?

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  15. this is just awesome.. i can feel its smell with caraway seeds.. the whole house would have smelled heaven

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

    1. Thanks a lot Ree…

  16. This name is totally new to me havent even heard the name. But seems a healthy one with no butter or sugar added.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  17. New name..buns luks soft n perfectly baked out..

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

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