Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
10 Mins
Rise Time
4 Hours
Bake Time
15 Mins
Makes 9 rolls

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Dip dough rolls, 1 at a time, in egg white; roll in seed mixture. Arrange rolls, 1 inch apart, in a lightly greased 8-inch pan. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 3 to 4 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover rolls, and bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter.

Step 3

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rhodes White Dinner Rolls for frozen rolls.

Step 4

Worth the Splurge: The initial cost for these rolls is money well spent. You can make three scrumptious batches from the ingredients.

Step 5

Three-Seed French Bread: Substitute 1 (11-oz.) can refrigerated French bread dough for frozen bread dough rolls. Combine seeds in a shallow dish. Brush dough loaf with egg white. Roll top and sides of dough loaf in seeds. Place, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Cut and bake dough loaf according to package directions.

Ratings & Reviews

mccook's Review

April 13, 2014

WhitneyWill's Review

April 17, 2012
I added some garlic powder, substituted 1/3 c melted butter for the egg white, and drizzled the extra butter over the rolls before baking. Delicious! If you want to impress your friends and family, make these rolls. They'll think you're a culinary genius.

lizbethmae's Review

April 12, 2009
I made these today, for Easter dinner and they were outstanding. I did not have fennel seeds so instead I added dill seed with the combination of sesame and poppy seed. I also added some minced dry garlic and some of my kosher salt blend. They look fantastic and taste just as good. It is definitely a keeper. You are the star and look like you have slaved all day, when you serve these rolls. I will make them again.

DonnaPres's Review

December 24, 2008
Very easy, tasty and good recipe. Although I didn't care for the fennel seed taste, don't think I'll use it next time, just the poppy and sesame. Am making them tonight for Christmas Eve Supper.