Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here with a recipe for pretzel rolls that just might change your life it is so good! Seriously. I think it did mine. I wanted burgers last night. But I wanted something special. Something extra good. And what is it that REALLY makes any sandwich extra good? The bread of course. I had made hamburger rolls before and sure they were delicious. But it wasn’t what I was looking for. Suddenly it came to me. PRETZEL ROLLS. I decided to give it making homemade pretzel rolls a try.
Here’s the kicker folks… making pretzel rolls was easy. And I had four amazing rolls that transformed a simple dinner into one of the best, most satisfying meals I’d eaten in a while!
Easy Pretzel Rolls Recipe
There are a few steps. But do not be fooled, each step is simple and not time consuming at all. It’s not nearly as complicated as it was in my mind! I would honestly say that even if you’ve never made bread before… you can TOTALLY do this!!!
As with any bread, I start by combining the sugar and yeast, and then adding warm water. Just use water that is warm from the tap, do not heat it up. Then let that mixture sit for five minutes. You’re basically just making sure your yeast is alive as it eats up that yummy sugar. This is what your transformation will look like, you’re looking for that foam-y-ness.
Then add in your salt, oil (A light oil is good for this. I had sunflower oil from the dollar store, so I used that. But normally I would have just used vegetable), balsamic vinegar and most of your flour (about all but a half cup or a cup). Mix it around until it’s all incorporated. Then add in the rest of the flour, form a dough and knead for 3-4 minutes.
Bread tip: I knead right there in the bowl. I do this for all bread and since doing it, it makes bread-making so much easier. No more messy counter to scrape dough off of. And so far… I’ve found absolutely no reason this won’t work JUST as well.
Cover and place in a warm place until it’s doubled in size. I place it in the oven with the oven OFF, but the light on. It took about 40 minutes, but it will vary. Be sure to check it though. You don’t want to over proof it. I would say 40-60 minutes max. Then punch the dough down and form your rolls. You want these to sit, formed, for about 10-15 more minutes.
Towards the end of this time, start boiling your water. When it’s boiling add in 3 HEAPING tablespoons of baking soda. I realize heaping is not exactly an exact measurement. Don’t sweat it. 3 heaping is probably 4 measured if that’s easier for you.
IMPORTANT WARNING: The baking soda WILL cause the water to foam up DRAMATICALLY when you dump it in there. Just stir the water, it’ll calm it down. But be sure to use a pot where you don’t have to fill it to the top with water or else you’ll have a big mess.
Carefully place the rolls in the hard boiling water (I did four at a time) for one minute, then flip, and wait another minute. You want the water to be doing some serious boiling during this, not just a few bubbles, but full-on hard boil.
Then pull them out and place on a parchment lined (or just sprayed with Pam) baking sheet.
Now, you want to score the tops. I struggled with this for SO long. I could never get the tops of my bread to score properly without destroying the beautiful loaves!
SOLUTION: Use an actual razor blade. It’ll cut in like butter. So simple.
Break an egg into one of your already dirty measuring cups, scramble it, and paint each roll with a good coating of egg. Top with Kosher salt and pop into a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.
There’s a lot of steps here, I know. But trust me, each step is very, very simple and it’s going to be unbelievably worth it. These rolls just may have seriously changed my life. It was quick, much quicker than I expected and actually quicker than regular rolls would have been! Give these pretzel rolls a try yourself and transform a simple dinner into a masterpiece!!
How To Make Pretzel Rolls
makes 4 medium sized rolls
FOR THE DOUGH
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1.5 TBS brown sugar
- 1/2 TBS yeast (1/2 an envelope)
- 3/4 tea salt
- 1/8 cup light oil
- 1/2 TBS balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup & one TBS flour
FOR THE BOILING WATER
- 8 cups water
- 3 heaping (or probably 4 measured) TBS baking soda
FOR THE PRETZEL ROLL EGG WASH
- 1 egg
– Mix sugar and yeast and then pour warm water over it. Let sit for five minutes until foamy.
– Add in salt, oil, balsamic vinegar and most of flour. Mix. Add rest of flour and form a ball. Knead for 3-4 minutes.
– Let sit until doubled in size.
– Form into balls and let sit for 10-15 more minutes.
– BOIL water (hard boil!) and add baking soda (watch for foam!).
– Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
– Add rolls into boiling water, cook 1 minute on each side.
– Slice your lines (use a razor-blade!)
– Paint tops with egg wash.
– Sprinkle unbaked pretzel rolls with salt
– Bake at 375 for 15 minutes
Serve, Devour, Enjoy! And remember… I warned you… these just might change your life!!! These pretzel rolls make amazing hamburger buns! Are you going to try this pretzel roll recipe?