Winner Announced! Kaiser Roll book giveaway

Well, we had over 90 responses, and they fell into four categories:

1.  Buy yourself a “Kaiser Stamp,” which imprints the tops of round rolls with the Kaiser pattern.

2.  “Klopping,” the traditional method of folding and pressing (“klopping” refers to the karate-chop like action to make the seal).  Very difficult to achieve with our wet dough; I still haven’t managed a credible one.

3.  Grouping small balls of dough together.  Not really a Kaiser effect, but a great result. 

4.  Knotting a rope of dough.  Really more of a “garlic knot” idea (see http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=202)

So it was tough to pick a winner (I have to admit, I haven’t even bought a “Kaiser Stamp” yet).  The winner is a random selection… it’s Kris, who submitted a link to a post with the “knotting” method.  She’ll be getting a signed copy of the book.  Thanks Kris!

Free Book Giveaway: Who Can Fix My Kaiser Rolls? (WINNER ANNOUNCED, SEE 3/11 POST ABOVE)

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OK, I’m pretty happy with this photo, but… well, they aren’t really Kaiser Rolls.  I was on a “roll” from last week (sorry), when I thought my Brotchen were more than passable.  So I wanted to re-create another German roll style– the famous 5-petal Kaiser roll.  I have to say that even though the picture is pretty, the rolls didn’t retain the 5-petal shape that defines the Kaiser roll– it ended up as just a round, though beautiful and tasty roll. 

And so fellow bakers, I turn to you for help!  What did I do wrong?  Please make suggestions that help me perfect this beast, and I’ll send you a signed copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day to the winning suggestion (as judged, I’m afraid, by me).  If no one can help me, I’ll draw a random winner from all the responses.  OK, here’s what I did… Continue reading