My family loves pretzels. No matter which family member's house we are at, there is always a big container of pretzels on top of the fridge or counter (except my house, oddly enough)! Hot pretzels are even better, in my eyes. When I started seeing recipes for pretzel rolls, I thought it was an awesome idea and added it to my list of recipes to try. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I had planned on making a kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner. Rather than buying rolls from the store to serve the sausage on, I thought it would be a great pairing to make pretzel rolls. I chose this recipe from Pennies on a Platter. These rolls didn't last long in my house. They were great with dinner, but they were equally as good as a snack, just as pretzels would be!3/4 cup Water
1 teaspoon Yeast
2 1/4 cup Flour
2 tablespoons Butter, melted then cooled to room temperature
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 Egg, beatend
Kosher/Pretzel Salt for tops
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Using the dough hook attachment, mix the ingredients, then knead at medium-high speed for 1 minute. Shape the dough into a ball and place it back in the mixing bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Separate into 4 equal portions (for hamburger buns) or 8 equal portions (for dinner rolls). Form into balls by pulling the sides to the center and pinching to seal. Place the formed rolls, seam side down, onto a parchment/silicone mat lined baking sheet. Cover with the towel and allow to rise again, for about 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large sauce pan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, then add the baking soda. Boil each roll for about 1 minute, flipping over after 30 seconds. Place the boiled rolls back onto the lined baking sheet, seam side down. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then lightly sprinkle with salt. Cut a shallow "X" into the center of each roll, then bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
*The rolls can be frozen for later use. Once they cool to room temperature, place them in a freezer bag. To thaw, microwave for 30 seconds.