When you live in a town as small as I do, grocery shopping tends to be less than exciting. You can find the basics, but Gouda cheese or a good balsamic vinegar? Good luck!
That may not be such a bad thing though, because it really helps me budget my grocery bill. It also forces me into making things at home that you could probably pick up at a bigger grocery store. These pretzel rolls are a perfect example. And while I haven’t actually tried a store bought pretzel roll, I though these were to die for. I mean, AMAZING people. One of my favorite things to ever come out of my kitchen!
These made some pretty fantastic sandwiches, but shaped differently would also be great hamburger buns or even dinner rolls. Soooo good! And I promise, they aren’t hard to make, and you will be so proud of yourself for making homemade pretzel buns!! I loved all the cheese and seeds on top of these buns, but plain or even with a sprinkle of course salt would be delicious.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
12 cups water
½ cup baking soda
1 egg, whisked
1 tablespoon water
Heat milk and butter in a saucepan or the microwave until the temperature reaches 130 degrees.
Add the heated milk and butter to a stand mixer with the dough hook attached.
Add in honey, yeast and salt and stir to combine.
Add in flour, 1 cup at a time on low speed. If dough is still sticking to the bottom add more flour.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer. (If you do not have a stand mixer knead by hand)
Shape into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl lightly coated in oil.
Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm area until the dough doubles in size. Usually takes about an hour.
Divide the dough into 4 rolls. (You can do smaller or larger rolls depending on your use). Cover and let the rolls rest for an additional 15 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
Boil water in a large pot. (Make sure to give yourself extra room. Baking soda will make the water foam up and rise) Add in baking soda.
Drop rolls into the water making sure not to over crowd the pot. Cook for 2 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the rolls do not touch.
Combine the egg and water and whisk until combined.
Brush the rolls with egg wash.
Cut two slits in the top of each roll. You can do crosswise or side by side.
Sprinkle the rolls with toppings (if using) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet.
Serve immediately, or freeze.
Recipe Source: Chef Savvy