Traditional French Pistolets - Little Onion and Rye Bread Rolls
120 mins (prep 100, cooking 20)
11 ingredients
12 servings
These lovely little dinner or breakfast rolls are found everywhere in Belgium, and in most parts of France too. The last time I had them was a cosy Bed and Breakfast in Bruges, where they were served warm with fresh butter and boiled eggs for breakfast. They can vary in what type of flour is used, but they must always have the distinctive split, due to them being cut with the handle of a wooden spoon before baking. They are crusty and yet light inside, and make great sandwiches for picnics or a light lunch. This recipe is the result of numerous trial and error baking sessions, and the pistolets bread rolls are nutty and full of onion flavour. I start these off in the bread machine for ease when I am pushed for time, but they are just as easily made the more traditional way, mixing and proving by hand. NB: As one reviewer found out, baking can be a challenge, and in most cases an exact science. Do try to stick to the recipe as written - you won't be disappointed! Thanks!

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Serving Size (105.41 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 209.97 Calories from Fat 20.52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.28g 42.03%
Saturated Fat 0.47g 28.37%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 0.1mg 0.4%
Sodium 364.86mg 182.43%
Total Carbohydrate 41.49g 165.97%
Dietary Fiber 4.49 g 215.36%
Sugars 2.24 g %
Protein 7.56g 181.44%
Vitamin A 3.57IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 99.62mg% Iron 2.41mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh, melted butter, rye flour, dried onion