BRÖTCHEN (GERMAN BREAKFAST ROLLS)
Steve Smith, who was stationed at a U.S. Navy base in Germany in the 1960s, remembered brötchen with great fondness. They really need a steam oven, but you can create something like it by using ice cubes in a roasting pan (the bottom of your broiler pan is a good choice).
Warning! Don’t open the oven to check or to remove rolls without allowing the steam to escape. You don’t want to burn your face!
Though these brötchen are pretty close, it’s hard to recreate genuine rustic European bread with different flour and equipment.