Poppy Seed Roll Recipe

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Looking for a delicious breakfast? A side dish for dinner? We suggest this Poppy Seed Roll Recipe.

Hard Poppy Seed Roll Picture

Living in New Jersey, hard rolls hold a special place in my heart.

If you ask anyone from New Jersey about hard rolls, he or she will tell you that only here will you find that a buttered roll is an acceptable breakfast.

As a breakfast staple, you'll find them in convenience stores, gas stations and diners alike. Growing up in North Carolina, when I moved to New Jersey I ate my weight in this newfound breakfast phenomenon.

Hard Poppy Seed Roll Photo

When I talk about hard rolls, I'm not talking about rolls with a thick crust that you really sink your teeth into and then rip away a huge crusty chunk. Don't get me wrong, those sound fantastic to me, but what I'm talking about are rolls with a thin, crispy crust and a soft, airy interior. That's exactly what you'll get when you bake these rolls.

If you've never tried this special kind of roll, you're in for a treat. In fact, I suspect they will become your newfound favorite just like they are mine!

Similar to sourdough bread, they're perfect as a large sandwich roll and the ideal carrying device for another Jersey favorite, the Taylor ham, egg and cheese (salt, pepper, ketchup please!). Or feel free to make them smaller and serve them alongside dinner.

These rolls freeze beautifully too, so make a big batch. When you're ready, defrost a few and simply pop them into the oven for a few minutes.

I like to make these in large batches so I always have them on hand. I never have to worry about what we're going to have for breakfast if I know that there are rolls at the ready in the freezer! 

Voila! Homemade rolls anytime your heart desires. Who can resist a warm roll right from the oven?

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Poppy Seed Roll Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 cup Boiling Water, plus 2 tablespoons (105-115F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/2-3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 large Egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Poppy Seeds, optional


  1. Place warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer or into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the top and set aside until yeast has dissolved and mixture looks bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle in the salt and add 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat on low speed or with a wooden spoon until smooth. Once smooth, increase mixer speed to medium and knead until smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes. If kneading by hand, turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and satiny. If dough is sticky, slowly add remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed. Dough should be very soft but not sticky.
  3. Lightly spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, gently turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Gently punch down the dough, cover with plastic wrap again and once more let dough rise until doubled, another 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead lightly to deflate a bit. Cut the dough into 6 even pieces, about 3 1/2 ounces each then form each piece into a round. Place each round onto prepared baking sheet and brush with egg wash then sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  6. Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and gently cover rolls with wrap. Let rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375
    °F.. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.


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Author: Kate Donahue
Recipe Yields: 6 rolls
Prep Time: 300 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 330 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 roll
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
Calories 209

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 400mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kate Donahue

About Kate

Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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