Pretty Pretzel Buns

 

 

Alright so I love sandwiches and burgers and good bread to accompany them and I really really enjoy baking bread. So When I was coming up with the flavors for the pulled pork, I was thinking what goes with beer? One of the first things that came to my mind was ‘’Pretzels!’’ and off I was. I didn’t come up with the recipe for this one, because well why mess with something that is already pretty perfect?

These buns were so easy to make, the hardest part is the waiting until they are done. Okay so I’m still pretty new to writing these blog intro things, god it’s a lot harder than I thought. Anyways the recipe I used is the one from Juanita’s Cocina and like I said, they turned out pretty damn good.  The only thing I changed is that instead of sprinkling salt over them I sprinkled some sesame seeds on them.

Soft Pretzel Buns
Yields 8
Delicious soft pretzel buns, perfect for a burger or for some pulled pork!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
For the buns
  1. 4 ½ cups (585 g) flour
  2. 2 tsp (10 g) salt
  3. 1 ½ cups (360 ml) warm water
  4. 1 tbsp (12 g) sugar
  5. 1 ¾ tsp (10 g , about 1.5 package) instant yeast
  6. 4 tbsp (60 g) butter, melted
For the soda bath
  1. 15 cups (3,5 L) water
  2. 1 cup (180 g ) baking soda
  3. Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Mix the water, yeast and sugar together in a random big bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast starts to form bubbles. This means that your yeast is still alive and ready to make some bread.
  2. After this, add melted butter, flour and as last the salt to the mixture. Mix or knead everything together until it all starts to come together.
  3. Continue kneading in the stand mixer on low to medium speed for another 5 minutes until the dough ball looks smooth. If kneading by hand, keep kneading for a good 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. After this cover the bowl with clingwrap or with a moist towel, and let it rise at a warm place for 45 – 60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 – 10 equal parts, depending on the size of buns you prefer. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet and let them rest for about 20 – 30 minutes. In the meanwhile preheat your oven to 450 F or 220°C.
  6. Also start bringing the water with the baking soda to a boil in a big pot. A soon as it’s boiling turn the heat down so that no bubbles are breaking the surface.
  7. When the buns have risen and look puffy, carefully drop 2 or 3 at a time in the water. Flip them over in the water after 30 seconds and boil them on the other side also for 30 seconds.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove and drain the buns and place them back on the prepared baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle the buns with some sesame seeds.
  9. Take a really sharp knife and cut some small slits in the top of the buns.
  10. Once you cooked all the buns and made slits in them, they are ready to go into the oven. Bake them for approximately 15 – 20 minutes, until they are a nice deep brown color. The real pretzel color. Let them cool before slicing them and enjoy!
Adapted from Juanita's Cocina
Adapted from Juanita's Cocina
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