Multi-seeded sub rolls

Want to add a bit of additional texture, flavor, and excitement to your typical sub rolls? This multi-seeded roll recipe will do just that and leave you with a soft roll that's perfect for your next sub sandwich.
3 eleven inch sub or hoagie rolls
schedule 40 minutes
schedule 30 minutes
schedule 3 hours and 10 minutes


Multi-seed and oat mixture
  • 14 cup rolled oats
  • 14 cup flax seeds
  • 14 cup poppy seeds
  • 14 cup sesame seeds
  • 14 cup sunflower seeds
Sub roll dough
  • 360 grams bread flour (3 cups)
  • 14 cup multi-seed and oat mixture (from above - gram weight will vary)
  • 13 grams sugar (1 tablespoon)
  • 10 grams instant or active dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • 14 grams olive oil (1 tablespoon)
  • 9 grams table salt (2 teaspoons)
  • 227 grams lukewarm water (1 cup)


Recipe start: 8:00 am
Recipe end: 11:15 am
Note: there are variables that will make time longer or shorter for baking recipes. One important factor is temperature. If your kitchen is really cold, dough will not rise as quickly. Use this as an estimated prediction of time.

8:00 amMake the multi-seed oat mixture: in a small bowl combine the rolled oats and all the seeds. If you can't find each variety of seeds, it's ok. I think the two most important texturally are the sunflower seeds and the rolled oats. The poppy seeds come into play in the appearance department but if you just have those three seeds/oats you will be ok. 

Once they are all combined, place them in a sealed container in a cool spot in your kitchen and they will last for a few months at least (probably a lot more).

8:05 amDough: combine all ingredients into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. 

If using a stand mixer, using your dough hook, mix on medium speed for 8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and pulled away from the bowl. After the mixer has done its work, turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled or floured surface and knead with your hands until you have a nice smooth, round dough ball - one or two minutes.

If you're kneading by hand, stir all the ingredients in the bowl until combined and knead with your hands on a lightly flour-dusted counter for 10 minutes or until you have a smooth dough. Try to add as little flour as possible at this point. The dough will be sticky at first and get all over your hands, but keep mashing it and rolling it and kneading it and after a few minutes it will start to be less sticky. 

8:20 amShape your dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased/oiled bowl in a warm place for 1 to 1.5 hours.

9:30 amAfter the dough has almost doubled in size, turn it onto a lightly floured or oiled surface. Divide into three equal pieces (use a scale if you want perfect sizes).

Press each dough piece with your fingers until you have a rectangle of about the length that you want (in this case around 11 inches) and about 3 inches wide. Roll the flattened rectangle up from the long side to the other long side until you have a log that is about 11  or 12 inches long and 1.5 to 2 inches around. When you're done rolling, you need to focus on sealing the seam. I pinch it closed very well from one end of the seam to the other. This is important and helps the top of your dough log to stay tight. 

After I seal the seam I roll the log again and taper each end a little. 

Do this for each of your 3 dough portions and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Place each dough log pinched seam side down. 

Flatten each dough log with your fingers slightly so that it doesn't rise into quite a round cylinder. This will help the roll to be shaped better for sandwiches.

Cover your sheet pan with a lightly oiled/greased plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 1 hour. 

10:40 amPre-heat oven to 375F (190 C).

10:45 amRight before baking, you can score your rolls with a very sharp knife if you want. I usually do three diagonal slashes for an 11 or 12-inch roll, but you can also do one big slash all the way from end to end. Or you can choose not to score the rolls at all. They should bake the same no matter which you choose.

10:50 amBake for 25 to 30 minutes rotating the pan 180 degrees at the halfway point. (Note: this time is for non-convection ovens. If I use the convection setting it could cut as much as 8 minutes off the bake time.) Just take a peek at it when you turn the bread at the halfway point and if it's already fairly tan, you might want to keep an eye on it. Your sub rolls need an internal temp of 190 F (88 C) to be fully cooked.

11:15 amAllow bread to cool before slicing.


If you want, you can shape these into 5 or 6 inch small rolls too. I usually shoot for about 110 or 115 grams per roll for a good 6-inch sandwich roll. You can also double all ingredients in this recipe for a double batch of 6 twelve-inch rolls.

This is a 67% hydration dough, so it should be pretty easy for anyone to handle. 

You can use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour, but your final bread will have less of a chewy density that you typically find in sub rolls. 

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!


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