Recipes For My Boys: Soft Pretzel Buns

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Soft Pretzel Buns

These have got to be the best buns I have eaten!  They are sweet, salty and oh, so, good!  I grabbed one hot, right out of the oven and yes, this is definitely a keeper!  I could have all be devoured right then and there.  Being the a sweet Mama, I saved some for my boys and hubby. 

 A couple of thoughts before you start:  If you don't like buns on the sweet side, decrease the amount of sugar to 2 Tablespoons.   And I found, the smaller the buns/rolls, the less they spread.  This  recipe made 8 large buns.  I will definitely make them smaller the next time I make them .. which will be soon! 

Heat milk and sugar to 120 - 130 degrees F.  


Stir together; 3 1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt, mixing well. 


 Pour warmed milk and sugar in flour 


Stir to mix.  


Turn out onto a floured surface 


Knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes.  

Working additional flour in as needed.  


 Pat or roll into a rectangle or something similar in shape. ;)
Cut into desired number of pieces.  

Shape into logs for hot dog buns 

Or round for hamburger buns or rolls.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets.  
Spray with non-stick spray and cover with plastic wrap or tea towel.  




Let rise until double in a draft free place, about 20 to 30 minutes.  


Toward the end of the rise, bring 8 cups water to boil in a 5 quart pot or larger.  It’s important to have a large pot.
Carefully, add baking soda.  


NOTE:  It will foam up very fast and then die down.  




Hence, the need for the 5 quart, or larger, pot.  


Add one piece at a time, flipping after 10 seconds and remove after 5 to 10 seconds with a large slotted spoon.  I couldn't take a picture of this step, it happens too fast. 


Drain well and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt immediately after taking out of water to ensure salt sticks.  Repeat with remaining buns or rolls.   
Bake in preheated 425 degree oven on top rack and second to bottom racks.  Switch places on racks after 7 minutes, cook another 5 to 7 minutes until brown and hollow when tapped.  Place on cooling rack.  



Soft Pretzel Buns
Ingredients

1 – 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons dry active yeast
1 – 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
Coarse sea salt to sprinkle on top

Directions
Heat milk and sugar to 120 - 130 degrees F.  Stir together; 3 1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt, mixing well.  Pour warmed milk and sugar in flour and stir to mix.  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes.  Working additional flour in as needed.  Pat or roll into a rectangle.  Cut into desired number of pieces.  Shape into logs for hot dog buns or round for hamburger buns or rolls.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets.  Spray with non-stick spray and cover with plastic wrap or tea towel.  Let rise until double in a draft free place, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Towards the end of the rise, bring 8 cups water to boil in a 5 quart pot or larger.  It’s important to have a large pot.  Carefully, add baking soda.  NOTE:  It will foam up very fast and then die down.  Hence, the need for the 5 quart, or larger, pot.   Add one piece at a time, flipping after 10 seconds and remove after 5 to 10 seconds with a large slotted spoon.  Drain well and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt immediately after taking out of water to ensure salt sticks.  Repeat with remaining buns or rolls.   Bake in preheated 425 degree oven on top rack and second to bottom racks.  Switch places on racks after 7 minutes, cook another 5 to 7 minutes until brown and hollow when tapped.  Place on cooling rack.  Best if eaten first day but will keep for several days on counter, if they last that long.  ;)  Enjoy! 
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