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Sep 19, 2010 03:59 PM

ISO German or Austrian Breakfast Buns (Broetchen)

During recent trips to Germany and Austria, I fell in love with the breakfasts. They consisted of warm hard boiled eggs, excellent coffee, assorted cheeses and meats, and especially a crisp oval shaped breakfast bun called a broetchen. After some investigation, I am lead to believe they require special humidity controlled ovens to create their crisp delicate texture.

Anyone out there know of a bakery in or near TO that makes these wonderful buns for direct public purchase ?

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  1. All buns and rolls in Germany and Austria are called broetchen, not just the ones they eat at breakfast. Broetchen means "little bread".

    Amadeus in Thornhill might bake and sell high quality German or Austrian-style bread and rolls. They do sell European style cakes and tortes. Might be worth a call to find out if they bake the type of rolls you are looking for.

    I'd think rolls from Thobor, Rahier, La Cicogne or Thuet (not even sure if they make rolls) would be the closest you would get closer to downtown. The dough used in German and Austrian white rolls (like the ones in your picture) is similar to the dough used in traditional French baguettes.

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    1. re: phoenikia

      This is patently untrue. There are as many varieties of rolls in Germany as there are here. I lived in Bavaria (Hof) for 3+ years and my first wife was German, so I know whereof I speak. You cannot find brotchen in the US (not sure about Canada). It does have something to do with type of oven (humidity controlled) and the yeast.

      1. re: Mayor of Melonville

        European Bakery 2675 Tamiami trail in Port Charlotte Florida does quite a good brotchen (among other things including excellent sausage and real German imported Apple wine). I'm sure the yeast is important but IMHO it is the special humidity controlled ovens you mention that makes the biggest difference.

        BTW, the little bakery in Elmvale Ontario has such a special oven.

        1. re: PoppiYYZ

          Correction : The place in Port Charlotte is called Kallis' and the friendly accented ladies there will give you good crispy broetchen, Westphalien ham (smoked German version of prosciutto), Jagwurst (similar to a spiced Balogna), house made Weisswusrt, assorted cheeses, and German coffee. Real imported Irish butter is available at most supermarkets.

          ALL the ingredients for the best German breakfast this side of the Atlantic...

    2. The Brandt outlet store in Mississauga sells buns that look like that, but I haven't figured out who their supplier is.

        1. re: toveggiegirl

          I would have to say that the Brandt outlet store has a better bun than Dimpflmeier, which I found very strange, as Dimpflmeier generally has good quality breads. Also interested in who their supplier might be, but not expecting to find the types of buns that I've tasted in Germany (I dream about the buns I had as a child visiting the Black forest area)

        2. Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll begin my quest next week in and around Toronto and can hardly wait to recreate those tasty breakfasts. I also heard of and tried the Elmvale Bakery (in a small town north of Barrie) that had very nice crispy Broetchen and a wide variety of breads, pastries, and cakes. It is worth a detour for.

          Thanks again for your replies.

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          1. re: PoppiYYZ

            Good luck and let us know if you score anything comparable to the buns over there.

            In Austria the buns are called Semmel and are amazing..
            (especially with Leberkase or a wurstl)).
            Ate them breakfast, lunch, and dinner this summer.

            1. re: BeanerSchitzl

              Ha, ha, your right ! Oh those Krainers, and don't forget the Schnitzel Semmel ! Mmmmmmmm....

              Now you know why I am dieing to find a good German or Austrian Bakery creating these wonderful buns ! It may look like a Kaiser, but it is much much better. For the uninitiated, I've attached a photo of one of the crispy little lovelies...

              1. re: PoppiYYZ

                I love the Semmeln! Haven't had them in years, sadly. Incredibly light and airy inside when they're fresh, but hard as a rock by lunctime. Only good for crumbling into your Gulaschsuppe...

                Please let us know if you track them down, thanks.

          2. Montmartre Bakery
            105 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A6
            My first choice of German Bakery

            Dimpflmeier second

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            1. re: ToxicJungle

              Thanks TJ,

              Place looks interesting. Do they also do bread & buns, or is it just a desert bakery ? Even if it is just deserts, it looks like a good strudel is in my future (believe it or not but vegetable is my favorite) ...

              1. re: PoppiYYZ

                Plenty of breads there. And pretzels!!!

                1. re: PoppiYYZ

                  Poppi, like tummy said they do mostly breads and some dessert


                  It is a bakery in an industrial building, supplying stores and restaurants, they don't have a store front but they do sell to the public. See those cars on the side of the building, it's that full from the time they open to close, people go in and out all day.
                  I promise you they have brötchen there

                  1. re: ToxicJungle

                    Oh btw, if you go now, you will find Bienenstich, they only make them from Jan - May/Jun, they stop selling them when the weather get warm. I think they have the best Bienenstich in Toronto

                    1. re: ToxicJungle

                      Wow Bienenstich. I'll definitely add that to the list.

                      That reminds me of another seasonal baked dish : Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Tart). It may sound weird, but with a nice glass of white wine, it makes a perfect Saturday afternoon break. Any chance they make them?

                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        No, they don't make any savory pastry

                2. re: ToxicJungle


                  Montmartre Bakery
                  105 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A6, CA