Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Recipe Box - Pretzel Rolls no breadmaker required

I think this is my summer of baking. I made these pretzel buns for hamburgers and they worked out perfectly. They don't fall apart.

I had previously made pretzel rolls in my breadmaker and they were good but time consuming.

These do not need a breadmaker.
I found the recipe at The Lady Behind the Curtain blog. The only change I would make is making more than her recommended 8 buns, as that was a little too large for us. I would make 12, but that is a personal choice.

UPDATE - April 2016 I made 12 but they were quite small, but I also noticed they didn't rise as much as they should have.

April 2016 photo

A photo of my first try, less than picturesque but they were delicious.

  • I-1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons or 1/4 ounce active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt for sprinkling (pretzel or kosher)
  1. In the bowl of your stand up mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the water, yeast and sugar.
  2. Stir and let rest for 5 - 10 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Add the flour, salt and melted butter.
  4. Mix until well combined and forms a ball.
  5. Transfer to a medium bowl sprayed with non stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  7. Pull dough out of bowl onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 equal portions (about 4.2 ounces each).
  8. Form each portion into and ball by first pinching the top to the bottom and then rolling in the palm of your hand.
  9. Place on prepared cookie sheet seam down in a staggered position.
  10. Cover with towel allow to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they rise and double.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place oven rack in the middle position.
  12. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a low boil.
  13. Remove from heat and slowly add the baking soda.
  14. Return to heat and continue with a steady boil.
  15. Place 2 - 3 of the rolls at a time in the poaching liquid, seam side down.
  16. Poach for 30 seconds and then carefully turn the roll over and poach for another 30 seconds.
  17. Remove with a slotted spoon to the same prepared sheet pan, seam side down.
  18. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  19. Using a pastry brush, brush each roll with the beaten egg, making sure to coat all sides completely and then sprinkle each roll with salt.
  20. Using a sharp straight edged knife, cut a "X" shape in the top of each roll.
  21. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.


  1. That's a different idea for burger buns.

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