The Kaiser Bun, Its Variations, and Why You Should Try Them All

Posted on: 10 October 2018

Bread is the most universal food; almost every single country in the world has bread. It would take you most of your adult life to try every kind of bread from every country in the world, including all of the variations of the different kinds from different countries. However, if you are very select about what you try, you may still be able to sample many breads—and find some of your favorites. Start with breads from Austria and Germany, as some of these rolls have been around for centuries. Better still, try kaiser buns. There are enough varieties, recipes, and crunch-to-soft-ratios to make it worth your while.

​The Original Kaiser Roll

Once served at an Austrian princess's wedding banquet, this original roll is soft and light inside, but hard and crunchy outside. It made the perfect accompaniment to soups and stews because the soft interior soaked up gravies and soup liquids without causing the exterior crunchy crust to soften and collapse. Later, when sandwiches were created, it became the perfect bread for juicy, pickled meats and pickled vegetables. This original roll is still found in Austrian and German bakeries, but it can also be found nearly anywhere in the U.S. Today, Germans and Austrians eat it primarily at breakfast time with butter and jam, but you can eat it any way you like.

The Poppy Seed and Dry Onion Kaiser

​This version of the kaiser is a little softer than its traditional cousin. However, it has more flavor because of the dried onions and poppy seeds. It is especially good with corned beef, German sausages, and/or thickly sliced and fried wiener schnitzel.

The Nut-Covered Kaiser

Other kaiser roll varieties are covered in sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc. Enjoy them as meat sandwiches or part of a breakfast meal. You can also serve them on the side of stews, soups, and gravies or au jus​. The nuts give the rolls a little extra flavor and a little extra crunch. Some of them are made with harder, crustier exteriors, while others are softer. Try each variety by itself, and then mix things up by trying each with various spreads, meats, and condiments. Buy extra rolls to enjoy, because there are so many ways to try them that you will run out of rolls before you run out of ways to eat them!

To find out more about kaiser buns, contact a bakery like Klosterman Baking Company.