How To Make Italian Herb Kaiser Rolls

Have you ever bitten into a kaiser bun and wished it had just a little more flavor? You're not alone! Bakery-style kaiser buns are wonderful, but if you eat them often, you might find yourself wishing for a little variety. Making some Italian herb kaiser buns is a good way to switch things up. This recipe requires you to plan ahead, since it has to be made across two days. But if you have patience and put in the time, you'll be rewarded with delicious kaisers made with three Italian herbs.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced

On day one, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup water, and the active, dry yeast. Mix to form a stiff, putty-like dough. Place this dough in a covered container in the fridge, and let it rest overnight, or for at least 8 hours.

On day two, combine the remaining water, flour, sugar, salt, oil, and egg. Mix to combine. Then, break the refrigerated dough ball up into little pieces. Drop all of the little pieces into the bowl, and continue to mix for 2 - 3 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead it for 5 minutes. Then, place it in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise for 2 hours. 

Once two hours have passed, turn the dough back out onto your floured surface. Gently knead in the chopped herbs. Stop kneading once they are evenly distributed. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes, and then divide it into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a roll.

Spread your shaped rolls out on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops of them with a little more vegetable oil, or if you prefer, melted butter. Cover the rolls in plastic wrap, and let them rise for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Remove the plastic wrap, and place the rolls in a 400 degree F oven. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Let cool before slicing and serving. 

These rolls are delicious when buttered or dipped in olive oil. They also make for great sandwiches, so enjoy!

If you don't want to make your own kaiser rolls, you can always stop by a local bakery.