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Rohlíky – Czech Bread Rolls

An authentic recipe for Czech favorite white bread, called rohlíky.
Course bread
Cuisine Czech
Keyword rohlíky
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Rising 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Servings 16 pieces

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (520 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz (55 g) pork lard or unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 and ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast or 20 g fresh yeast
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk lukewarm

For topping:

  • Coarse sea salt, caraway, poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Start mixing them with the help of a wooden spoon, then pull the mass out of a bowl and put it on a worktop. Knead the dough with hands properly until smooth and elastic.
  • Let the dough rise for 20 minutes, ideally in an oven, where you have put a pot with hot water before. A steamy and warm environment is the best for raising yeast dough.
  • After 20 minutes, divide the dough into 2 parts. Roll each of them out into a disc (about ⅕ inch – 5 mm thick).
  • Cut the disk-like pizza into 8 equally sized triangles. Start rolling each triangle from the wider side to the tip, stretch a tip while rolling a bit.
  • Roll the rolled rohlík some more while pressing on the dough. Rohlík gets a bit longer, and it’s less likely to untangle during baking.
  • Bend the prepared rohlík into a crescent shape.
  • Transfer rohlíky onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Let them rise for a further 45 minutes. Make sure to leave some space in between the rohlíky to rise.
  • If you let the rohlíky rise on a worktop, dust them with a little flour on the top and cover the rolls with a kitchen towel (the surface of the rolls will not get dry).
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 °F (230 °C). Put a small pot with hot water in the bottom inside the oven. Rohlíky need to be baked in a steamy environment.
  • After rohlíky finish rising, brush them with a little water and sprinkle the top with poppy seeds or a mixture of coarse salt and caraway (ratio 1:1).
  • Place rohlíky into the preheated oven and bake for about 8 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

  1. You need to bake rohlíky in a well-preheated oven for a crunchy crust and a soft inside. It takes only a few minutes until they are baked!
  2. Rohlíky taste the best fresh. Eat them the second day after baking them, then they start getting harder.