Monday, March 25, 2013

Pretzel Rolls

Have you ever walked into the grocery store looking for the perfect sandwich roll?  My family for years has done just that.  My entire family LOVES a good roll for either a Ham, Turkey & Cheese sandwich, or for a hamburger, or a Roast Beef, etc.  We have been trying numerous roll recipes for the best make at home rolls, because we can never consistently find just the right roll.  Seems like when we do buy ones everyone loves, we can't find them again, or in the town we live in!  This brings me to today's recipe.  We have been trying and adapting many different bread recipes....finding some we really didn't like.  Finding some that are OK, but not perfect yet.  I have to say though, today's recipe after my boys adapted and made it truly their now my favorite we have made so far.  I promise the search for the perfect roll isn't yet up, but this is pretty close to perfect in my opinion.

recipe for pretzel rolls

These Pretzel Rolls are just the right crispness on the outside, but incredibly soft and melt in your mouth on the inside.  We got the whole family involved in making this recipe.  Our youngest has showed an interest in creating in the kitchen with us, so you will see he played a huge part in making these fantastic.  He was so excited when they turned out to be awesome!!!  So let's get to it!!!

Prep Time:  90 mins
Cook Time:  10 mins


  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 tbsp warm milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg (scramble in small bowl and set aside)
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

1.  In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix a 1/3 cup of warm water (105-115 degrees F) with the yeast and let stand until bloomed (foamy).
2.  Once bloomed....(should look something like this....)
3.  Add the remaining cup of warm water along with milk, sugar, & melted butter and swirl to dissolve the sugar. 
4.  Add flour & sugar.
5.  Fit your mixer with your dough hook.
6.  Mix on med-low speed until dough forms a nice pliable dough ball. (add flour if needed)
7.  Flour surface and turn dough out onto.  Knead for 2 minutes.
8.  Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 12 even pieces.
9.  Form dough into either simple rolls (place a small cross cut in tops of simple rolls), or pretzel shaped rolls.
10.  Cover dough with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let pretzels rest for about 30-40mins.  Time to rise!
11.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
12.  Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
13.  In a large stockpot, bring the cold water to a boil, remove from heat, and add baking soda.  (Do not add baking soda while over will boil over)  You can then return to heat.
14.  Drop two rolls into the boiling water and boil for no more than 30 seconds, turning once.
15.  Carefully remove with slotted spoon and hold above pot and let drain.
16.  Brush on egg over each roll.  
17.  Sprinkle lightly with Kosher Salt.  Repeat with remaining rolls.
18.  Arrange rolls on baking sheets and bake on the upper and middle racks of the oven for about 15-20 mins or until browned all over.  Be sure to switch pans during baking every 5 mins for a more even baking experience.  (We turned and changed racks every 5 mins of baking.)

19.  Let rolls cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

Look at those amazing looking rolls....and they taste even better than they look!  So yummy!

Alex was excited that they turned out so yummy that he wanted to show them off.

We have used this recipe for Hamburger Buns, Sandwich rolls, and even for simple pretzels.  This is so easy and fun to do!

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  1. holy cow!!!! they look amazing! i need a mixer ASAP! :)

  2. Those look tasty! And just wondering, what sort of camera do you use?

    1. Lisa....sorry it has taken me awhile to comment has been crazy. I use a Nikon 3100 for most of my pictures. Every now and then I cheat and use a good well lite iPhone photo....but not as many of those any more!!!

  3. I love pretzel rolls! These look very good!

  4. These look amazing. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. We also have a $50.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    1. I will come over and check it out. Thanks for the invite.

  5. These look so delicious! As soon as Passover ends (and we can eat bread again!) I am totally going to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. The pretzel rolls look delicious! It is not very popular in SA, but I have tasted some, and I really like them ;-) Thanks for sharing the recipe at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    1. They are definitely one of our favorite homemade rolls.

  7. I definitely need to try these. I tried a sample pretzel roll before and loved it. Pinning! and I'll be featuring this at my Terrific Tuesdays link party tomorrow.

  8. These look delicious!! I'm gonna follow you on twitter and pinterest and tweet and pin this, too! Yum! Have a lovely day.
    Neighbors About Town Blog

    1. Thanks Kris....I'll come check out your blog too!!!

  9. Found this on Pinterest. Can you make this without a mixer? Thanks!

    1. Sure. Either use a hand mixer or be very aggressive in stirring and make sure you knead together a little longer!!!! It'll work! Great tasting recipe. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by!!!

    2. Thanks so much for getting back to me :)

  10. Im making these now. They're in the oven :)

  11. Thanks for the recipe. I started with your Sprite bread and it was marvelous. I'm diabetic and am always looking for great bread recipes where I can calculate the amount of carbs. Thanks again!

  12. How long does it usually taste for the water and yeast to get frothy? I have made these several times! They are quite tasty! Each time I cut back on the sugar, and they are yummy! I have some resting tonight for burgers! They are not nearly as good the next day (more excuses to eat them all!) :)

  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made a batch (into soft pretzel sticks) for my son's class potluck and had to try one for myself. They look perfect and taste fantastic! I was worried about how complicated the whole parboiling step would be, it's not at all! Easy recipe from start to finish with fantastic results!! I can't wait to make buns for burgers now!

  14. Made these for dinner yesterday and they were amazing!

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