Pretzel Rolls

February 5, 2021 || By: Hope F

Pretzel Rolls are absolutely outstanding! The salty taste, the crunch of the crust, and that pretzel smell…it doesn’t get much better. Even pulling apart the bread is fabulous when its warm and you feel that nice, tender pull of the loaf. Pair the texture and warmth with the taste of this bread when it’s salted and buttery, it’s a match made in heaven. This recipe is adapted from JoyFoodSunshine.

Recipe: Prep Time – 1 hour 30 minutes, Cook Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoon (1 packet) Instant Yeast
  • 1 cup Warm Water (around 100° F)
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Melted Salted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 – 3 and 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 quarts Water (for water bath)
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda (for water bath)
  • Pinch of Coarse Salt (topping)
  • 1 tablespoon Melted Butter (topping)

How to make Pretzel Rolls:

  1. Mix the yeast, water, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so the yeast can develop.
  2. While the mixture is sitting, melt the butter in a bowl and then mix in the milk.
  3. Add the butter/milk to the yeast mix and combine on low speed until just combined.
  4. Then, add in the salt and flour and mix until fully combined.
  5. Set the stand mixer speed to medium and let it mix the dough until it forms a ball.
  6. Once the dough is ready, oil a large bowl (use a very small amount of oil – I always end up using too much and then the dough doesn’t rise, so really use only a tiny bit here).
  7. Put the dough ball into the oiled bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let the bowl sit for an hour in a warm place.
  8. The dough has now proofed for an hour and hopefully doubled in size.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400° F, bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil, and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Slowly, very slowly, add the baking soda to the boiling water. (If you don’t add it slowly, you’ll have a watery explosion.)
  10. Press the air out of the dough, then divide it into two equal parts.
  11. Slide one of the balls into the boiling baking soda water and boil each side for 60 seconds. Then put the boiled dough ball onto the baking tray.
  12. Repeat that step with the other dough ball.
  13. Once the dough balls are on the baking tray, sprinkle them with salt and write a small X on top of each with a knife.
  14. Bake them for 12 minutes, rotate the pan, then bake for another 12 minutes.
  15. Remove them from the oven and brush the melted butter over them (keeps them tender).
  16. Let them cool, then enjoy!

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