Rose bread rolls

Rose bread rolls

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These rose-shaped bread rolls are soft, fluffy, and utterly delicious. But they are more than just a treat for the taste buds; they are a work of art, showcasing a simple rose on top adorned with colourful seeds. Fill your kitchen with the scent of homemade bread, delighting your family and guests with freshly baked rolls perfect for breakfast or a snack in the afternoon. Serve them with flavourful cheese, jam, cold butter, or your favourite spreads.


  • Crumble yeast into a bowl.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan and add milk, sugar, and salt. Allow it to cool to approximately 37°C.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Add most of the flour and work into a smooth dough, preferably using a mixer, for about 5 minutes. Let the dough rise, covered, for about 40 minutes.
  • Place the dough on a floured work surface. Divide into two parts and shape into long ropes. Cut each rope into approx. 14 pieces.
  • Roll small bread rolls and place them on baking trays lined with baking paper. Cut a simple star or cross on top of each roll. Let them rise further for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 225°C (conventional oven).
  • Brush the rolls with beaten egg and sprinkle with seeds. Bake in the middle of the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Since you are using a conventional oven and you have two baking trays, it might be a good idea to bake them alternately. Baking the rolls one tray at a time, each tray browns evenly without you having to swap them during baking to ensure the bottom and top ones get even heat. The high heat in the conventional oven also makes sure that the bread gets a nice crust with a soft crumb inside, which you would not otherwise get if you turned the heat down to use the fan setting.


50 g
50 g
Arla Cravendale Semi-skimmed milk
500 ml
50 ml
1 tsp
Wheat flour
1200 - 1300 ml
Sesame seeds
2 tbsp
Poppy seeds, white or blue
2 tbsp
Pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp

Elevate your baking with rose-shaped bread rolls

Whether you are a seasoned baker or a beginner, this recipe is an enjoyable way to bring a touch of elegance to your homemade bread. The elegant rose pattern on top of the bread rolls adds an artistic touch, turning a simple bread roll into a work of art. Perfect for those who cherish both flavour and presentation, these rose bread rolls not only taste delightful but also boast an eye-catching appearance.

Soft buns with an impressive appearance

There is nothing better than freshly baked soft buns. These rose bread rolls are soft and fluffy with a tender crumb and a slightly crispy crust, decorated with a rose pattern as well as a sprinkle of seeds on top. The colourful mix of different-sized seeds makes for an impressive look for the buns, showcasing the rose pattern beautifully. The distinct pattern is created with a simple yet effective technique, only requiring you to make a small star on top of each bun. Baked, this makes it look like a rose.

Serve the decorative buns for breakfast or in the afternoon

These beautifully shaped rose buns are versatile and perfect for various occasions. Serve them warm for breakfast, paired with a rich cheese and sweet jam, to start your day with a touch of luxury and elegance. Or serve them with cold butter, jam, or maybe a chocolate spread as part of an afternoon tea or snack, where you can truly appreciate their shape and texture.

These rolls are simply delicious with both sweet and savoury toppings and spreads, ensuring you can serve them both for quiet mornings with the family and as an elegant bite for guests in the afternoon. If you are looking for more decorative baking ideas, we have other recipes to choose from, for example, these Easter-themed bread nests with baked eggs – a perfect alternative to the traditional soft-boiled egg in the morning. Or perhaps you want to try these classic Easter buns with cream and lemon curd.

Add your own touch

If you are up for a challenge, try shaping the rolls in a more intricately shaped rose. Divide the dough into 14 dough balls instead of 28. To create the rose shape, take each of these dough balls and divide them into four smaller portions. Shape them into small, thin 'pancakes'. Gently brush a bit of water on each, then place the four pancakes side by side so they overlap, covering almost half of each other's surface. Once they are aligned, roll from one end to the other and then divide the roll in half. You now have two rolls with a clean-cut bottom and a top shaped like a rose. Place each roll bottom-side down on a baking tray lined with baking paper and continue with the recipe from here.

You can also customise your rose bread rolls by, for example, infusing the dough with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or chives, to give it a delightful fragrance and subtle herbal notes. Cheese enthusiasts can top the rolls with grated cheese just before baking for a savoury, golden crust with a tantalisingly cheesy kick. For a touch of sweetness, consider incorporating a bit of honey or maple syrup or a handful of dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries into the dough.