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Rundstykker version II

Breakfast, Bread, BrunchTove Balle-Pedersen7 Comments


Rundstykker is a classic breakfast roll sold at all baker's shops in Denmark. In my family we had rundstykker on Saturday or Sunday morning. We would walk or bike to our local baker's shop down the street. Most weekends there would be a long line of people waiting in line for the breakfast rolls and newspaper. The last 10-12 years the baker's shops are more rare. Most grocery stores and gas stations sell cheap bake-off bread. (Bake-off bread: Half baked bread from big bread producers, finished off in the small stores.) People will still line up for good quality bread from the good baker's shops. 

I finally got the crumb right for these rundstykker. The crust is almost right, if you eat the bread not yet cooled completely, you'll have a nice crisp crust, like it should be. In my family we do like the warm rolls, and it is hard to resist the smell of freshly baked bread. 

Makes 8 rolls.


  • 3 g live yeast, or 1 g dry yeast

  • 300 ml water, finger warm

  • 25 ml milk

  • 10 g salt

  • 450 g all-purpose flour

  • poppy seeds for sprinkling


Dissolve the yeast in the water in  a large plastic bowl. I used a dough-rising bucket

Mix the rest of the ingredients in. You just have to mix the dough until all the flour is wet. Let the dough ferment in the bucket, lid on, on the kitchen counter over night or 7-10 hours.

Gently pour the dough onto a well floured surface. Fold the somewhat wet dough into it self until the surface is firmed up, and the surface got a good tension. Divide the dough in 8 (about 100 g pr roll), roll the dough into a round ball, brush the dough with water and dip it in poppy seeds. Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Let the rolls rise for 30-60 minutes, loosely covered with plastic wrap. I raised my rolls in my oven on the proof-setting.

Preheat the oven to 450℉ (230℃).

Place the rolls on the lower rack in the oven. Splash about ¼ cup of water in the bottom of the oven, and close the oven quickly. You need the steam to get the best oven spring and crust. Bake the rolls for about 22 minutes, until golden.

Let the rolls/rundstykker cool before serving.