Every year trends come and go and, especially in cooking, people often look back and wonder why these popular recipes and items ever gained so much momentum in the first place. However, there are some timeless classics that last for hundreds of years with minimal changes to the formula, and kaiser rolls are a perfect example of this. Originating in Germany sometime in the 1800s (there are conflicting stories), kaiser rolls have permeated virtually every country and bakery across the world, so why are they still so popular? Here is a quick rundown on their unique formulation that makes them so appealing.
Crispy On The Outside
Most people enjoy a little bit of crispiness on the outside of their rolls, scrolls, bagels, and buns, as the difference in texture makes it more satisfying to chomp down on. However, there is a difference between crispiness and something that is too hard, like the stale end of a loaf. Once you crack through the outer shell of the kaiser roll, the inside is far more soft and fluffy, which makes it all the more rewarding when you are eating. Not many other pastries or baked goods have such a stark contrast, and that gives kaiser rolls a big edge over the competition.
Perfect Alone Or With Toppings
Some baked goods, particularly variants of bread, can be quite boring on their own, but because of the unique texture dichotomy of the kaiser roll, it is hard to get bored eating them. That makes them great to eat on their own, but also just as good in a savory or sweet sandwich. Whether you prefer jam or deli meats, kaiser rolls go with everything, and you can even get ones that come with toppings such as sesame seeds that enhance the flavor further. If you have never tried a kaiser roll in a sandwich, then you need to rectify that as soon as possible!
Easy To Make
If you enjoy the kaiser rolls that you get from your local bakery, then it is quite easy to replicate them in your own home. That can be a fun thing to do for a family activity, especially if your kids are as into kaiser rolls as you are. Of course, you may not replicate the exact quality of kaiser rolls you can get at a bakery because of their better equipment and ingredients, but you can certainly have a blast giving it a go, and those experiences are more about the journey than the end result anyway!