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Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel Rolls

I don’t know why, but I have always been a little intimidated by working with yeast. I’ve only made my own breads a few times. And I don’t really know why it freaks me out, I’ve never had it not turn out, but it still makes me nervous. One of my “blog goals” has been to get over my fear of yeast.

I first saw these pretzel rolls on How Sweet It Is last spring and wanted to dive right in to the screen. I must make them! Tina made them into burger buns and the thought of a burger on a pretzel bun sounded too good to be true. Now, mine did not come out nearly as pretty, I think I cooked them about 2 or 3 minutes too long as you can see by how brown my slash marks got, but they still turned out pretty good. And sadly, my grocery store was out of pretzel salt (sigh), so I just sprinkled sea salt on mine.

So, how did they taste? Well, they tasted pretty darn good. But, myself, Hubs, and my brother all agreed that it made for a pretty heavy burger. I could only eat about half of mine and I was totally stuffed. The rolls aren’t as dense as I thought they would be, but they were still more dense than a regular burger bun. So, I’m not sure I would make these as burger buns again. BUT, I think it’s still a great pretzel dough recipe and I would make these again as a small roll or as a bite to dip in my cheddar swiss fondue! Gah! That would be just amazing!!

So whether you make these into rolls, buns, or bites, if you are a soft pretzel fanatic, you should make these for your Super Bowl party or any fun party you have coming up! :)

Pretzel Rolls

Yield: 8 buns

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package (1/4 Oz. Packet) Active Dry Yeast (not Quick Rise Yeast)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • pretzel salt, to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir and let sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour, salt, and melted butter and mix with the dough hook until it is well-combined. Add the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm place for one hour (I turned my oven on low and set the bowl on top).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a baking mat. If you are making buns, cut the dough into 8 pieces (each should weigh about 4-4.5 ounces) and place on a lightly floured surface. If you want to make bites or rolls, cut the dough into smaller pieces. To form each piece of the dough into a nice round piece, pull the sides all the way around and pinch to seal. Then, place the pinched side down on the floured surface, cup your hand and roll the dough in small circles until it is round and smooth. Place each piece on the baking sheet seam-side down at least one inch apart (you may need to use two pans), cover with a towel, and let rise another 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large sauce pan, bring 2 quarts of water to a low boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and slowly add in the baking soda. Place 2-3 rolls at a time in the liquid seam-side down. Poach for 30 seconds on each side. Place back onto the baking sheet with the seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  4. Brush the egg on each roll, covering all the way around. Sprinkle the pretzel salt on top. With a serrated knife, cut slashes on top or make an 'X'. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

Recipe from How Sweet It Is

http://eat-drink-love.com/2012/02/pretzel-rolls/

   

66 Responses to “Pretzel Rolls”

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    Ramona — February 3, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I so understand about your fear of yeast. Yeast… doughs… they all freak me out. I must conquer this fear because I’m really holding myself back from making so much stuff. I want so badly to make scratch-made soft pretzels and pizza dough. These rolls look great. They maybe a bit heavy for a burger… but the do look amazing. Maybe for a heartier sandwich that you would use a ciabatta roll for…. I think you did a fabulous job!! Way to go. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      Thanks, Ramona! Yeah, I think it would be better as a small dinner roll or a bite, but if you cut it thinner, it would be great for a sandwich too!

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    Tina@flourtrader — February 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

    This is another one on my “to do” list. Glad to see that other bloggers are well pleased with the recipe-gives me more incentive. Your rolls do look fantastic-yum!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Tina! You should totally give it a try!

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    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — February 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Congrats on the Liebster and also on making such a fantastic bread. This is one I am definitely going to experiment with.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

      Thank you, Hester!

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    Stephanie — February 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I used to buy pretzel rolls at a German Bakery when I lived in Texas. They are good with a little butter on the inside also. I buy Margarita salt when I can’t find any pretzel salt. These rolls have made me hungry.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

      GREAT idea to use margarita salt!

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    Colleen — February 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Dear lord, this looks like heaven! Pretzel and bread fuzed into one…what could be better?
    Oh, I know! Making a grilled cheese out of one of these rolls would be pretty fantastic :)

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

      Oh man, grilled cheese on this bread would be amazing!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — February 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Thanks so much for passing on the award to us! And these rolls look fantastic, I love the idea of using them with cheese fondue!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Anna! You are so welcome!

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    Purabi Naha — February 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Stephanie,
    Your recipe sounds so yummy…can’t wait to try! This is right up my alley! The picture is making me drool as well!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Purabi!

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    Kelly — February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    These look amazing! I love a good sandwich on a pretzel roll.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

      Thank you, Kelly!

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    Erin — February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I love love love pretzel rolls. I wish every restaurant had them so that I wouldn’t have to make them all the time :-P

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

      Haha! I would love if every restaurant made them!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I keep thinking I need to learn to make some – my local grocer sells a 4-pk for like $3 but with 5 people in our family, it gets expensive fast! I have to sneak them while my kids are at school when I really want one… Good for you for giving them a shot!!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

      That does get expensive, Jen! I was surprised how easy these were to make!

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    Kiri W. — February 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    What an interesting idea! I’ve never had a pretzel roll, but it’s a really intriguing concept :)

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Kiri! I’ve never had one until I made these!

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    Maggie @ kitchie coo — February 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Congrats on the Liebster award! I was recently awarded this too and it feels so good to be recognized. You definitely deserve this! The pretzel rolls? My hubs would go bonkers over these, I will put these in the queue!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Maggie!

      • Maggie @ kitchie coo replied: — February 9th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

        I made these and they were AWESOME!! We gobbled all 12 of them up in about two days. Oops. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

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    Cucina49 — February 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Yeast breads are generally not my friend…but I might have to put my fears aside and make these. They are gorgeous and I love the idea of using them for sandwiches.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

      If I can do it, you can too! :)

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    Cassie — February 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    These look perfect. I looooove pretzels!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

      Me too!!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Stephanie! I LOVE pretzel rolls! But I’m like you….kind of nervous working with yeast and I haven’t made nearly as much bread as I would like. But these ….I have to try! You are right…maybe a bit too heavy for a sandwich….but great for dips and fondues! You did a great job! (And congrats on your well deserved Liebster award!)

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Thanks, Anne! I definitely recommend making these into bites for fondue!

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    Kristina — February 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    yummmm! Pretzel rolls dipped in your cheddar swiss fondue sounds amazing :) These turned out gorgeous!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

      Thanks, Kristina! Cheese and pretzels are meant to be!

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — February 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Congratulations on your award Stephanie (well deserved!) and thank you so much for passing the honour on to me. Your rolls look incredible! I’ve never come across pretzel salt before… but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it now. And, funny enough, I just happened to pick up cheese for a fondue this weekend… the miraculous timing of it all! :).

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

      You’re so welcome, Kelly! Pretzel salt in my store is hard to find, but it is usually where all the salt and other seasonings are, usually by the popcorn seasonings!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — February 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Oh I love pretzel rolls. This is totally on my to do list for 2012. That sandwich looks amazing.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey! I totally recommend giving these a try!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I have seen these going around too but you have a great question…how to make them. I think they sound fabulous as a roll for the burger bun but I do love my soft pretzels with cheese. So many great options!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

      Thanks, Emily! I think I would like these best dipped in cheese!

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    Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen — February 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Stephanie!!
    I am sooo gratefull for the award you passed on to me! I can not wait to give you a big Thanks on my next Blog post!
    Also I am making these pretzel rolls!!! Steve loves them wrapped around sausage!
    Thank you Thank you!!!
    Chandra!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      Aw, you’re welcome, Chandra!

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — February 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Congrats on the award!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Julie!

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    momto8blog — February 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    my best frinds worst weakness….pretzel rolls. I can count on her having them served at tomorrows party! i have not ventured into the yeast/dough arena yet…but soon!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      I can see why she loves them!

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    Alyssa — February 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Congrats on the award! I love making pretzels, but I’ve never done pretzel rolls before. It’s been on my “list” for a while though. I would have thought to make them for burgers too, but good to know that they were too heavy. I was thinking of making BLT’s for lunch one day this week, so maybe I’ll try this out.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

      Oh, these would be great for a BLT, I would just slice them a little thinner maybe!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — February 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

    The sound amazing! I am a sucker for all things salted – definitely will try these out. Perhaps as a hotdog but to stuff with a an apple chicken sausage and some sort of melted cheese sauce…

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

      I love the way you think, Laura! :)

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    Kim Bee — February 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

    These are gorgeous. Yeast used to intimidate me too. But look at the payoff. You rocked these out girl. They are little rolls of perfection.

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Kim! I think I have conquered my fear!

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    Amy — February 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love this idea, and they are cute as well! I can imagine one as a base for a great sandwich smothered in spicy mustard and cheese! Congrats on the Top 9 :)!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Amy! Congrats to you too!

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    Liz — February 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Oh, these are picture perfect!!! No surprise to find these on the Top 9…congratulations!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      Thank you, Lizzy!

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    Ridwan — February 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Congrats on top 9 today :) pretzel rolls looks perfect !!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      Thanks, Ridwan!

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    Sheri — February 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love these! I was just thinking about making these the other day and now I must make them! Your top 9 must have been a sign! Congrats!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

      It must have been a sign, Sheri!

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    Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen — February 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Stephanie!!! Thank you again for the blog award! Here is the post where I thank you and pass it along!
    http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2012/02/06/my-second-blog-award/

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 7, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Well I get stressed out whenever baking, so I get really intimidated by yeast and I’m really scared thinking what if it doesn’t rise, etc. Unlike cooking, I have no idea how to fix the recipe, which really scares me. So when you said you get intimidated and I saw this post, I really thought you did an amazing job. And you were on top9? Yay!!! I’m really happy for you! These Pretzel rolls look amazing!

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    Tiffany — February 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Oh, how fun! I can think of some many lovely things I would put on these rolls!

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    Dara — February 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    LOVE! I adore pretzel rolls. I get so excited when they are served in restaurants. I once had a lobster roll on one – so amazing. This recipe is great. Well done.

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    Katie — February 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I just came across your blog, and I think I’m in love! Pretzel rolls are so yummy, and these look incredible. I can’t wait to try! (And don’t worry–I too am intimidated by baking bread with yeast! Never done it–eek!)

    • Stephanie replied: — February 12th, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Katie! You can totally make these! And actually, I’ve been reading that the way yeast is made these days, it almost always works!

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