Yield: 8 Pretzel Rolls/Buns
- 1 tablespoons yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup warm milk
- 3-4 cups high gluten or bread flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoon butter (half a stick)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 6 cups boiling water
- kosher salt, for topping (I used regular table salt this time because I didnt know I was out of Kosher) *If you use table salt, use just a little as it will be much saltier than larger crystals.
- Combine yeast, white sugar, and 1/4 cup warm water in small bowl and let set 10 - 15 minutes or until yeast mixture is foamy.
- In a separate bowl, heat milk and melt butter in it. Add salt and brown sugar to this.
- Pour both liquid mixtures together in a large mixing bowl, and begin to stir in flour 1 cup at a time until you have a soft dough that is not sticky. All of the flour may not be needed depending on humidity levels.
- Knead 10 minutes.
- Let dough rise in greased bowl until doubled in size.
- Punch risen dough down.
- Separate dough into 6-8 equal sized pieces and place on wax paper. I do 8 for hotdogs, 6 for sausage and 4 for larger sub rolls.
- Allow dough pieces to rest 10 minutes.
- Shape dough pieces into 6-7 inch long rolls. Slash tops.
- Rise shaped rolls for 1/2 hour or until not quite, but almost double in size, covered with plastic wrap. It may take 1/2 - 1 hour depending on the temperature. With the AC on, it took mine almost an hour but when its warmer, they will rise faster.
- While your rolls are rising, prepare a kettle with 6 cups water and baking soda. Bring to a soft boil when ready.
- After rolls rise for 1/2 hour, place each roll into boiling water and cook 1 minute on each side.
- Place boiled rolls on parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkly kosher salt on them immediately so it sticks to them.
- Bake in preheated 450 degree F oven until the rolls are browned to desired shade.
- Cool on wire racks and serve stuffed with anything you like!
If you like this recipe, you may also like my soft pretzel or pretzel nuggets recipe.