I’m going to confess to you, right here, right now. There are 2 things that totally freak me out in the kitchen. 1) Gravy; 2) Pretzels. Crazy right? Probably the 2 easiest things to make, yet thinking about making either of them freaks my frack.
I needed a slider roll for a recipe that’s coming up tomorrow and thought that making them pretzel-y would be exactly what would kick that recipe up. Have you ever searched for pretzel slider rolls at the grocery store? Non-existent in my little town, so I combed the interwebs and landed on a recipe to make. Yes, I had to get over my fear of pretzel, well, not get over but rather just make it fast and hope I didn’t screw it up. Well, after today I am a changed girl and am now ready to make pretzel everything! Seriously, I am in love. So easy and so delicious. I can’t wait for summer grilling season and making this recipe for homemade sausage & burgers on the grill. See how easy they are for yourself.
Fill the sink with about 2 inches of warm tap water and set the mixer bowl in the water. Add 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 packet of yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Give it a quick stir and then cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the yeast bloom for 5 to 10 minutes, until foamy and starting to swell.
Place the bowl on the mixer and attach the dough hook.
Add 4 1/2 cups bread flour, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 4 tablespoons of melted salted butter. Start on low and then increase the speed to medium.
The dough should be slightly sticky, but pulling cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large bowl and add the dough, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a draft free warm place. (I like to preheat my oven for a couple of minutes, then turn it off and flip on the light)
After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Punch it down.
Take a ball about the size of a lime and stretch it gently, while tucking back under then pinch the bottom. Roll the dough around in your palm to semi-flatten and make smooth.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough. You should have 14 balls of dough. Cover with the towel and let them rest for 30 more minutes in a warm place.
Preheat the oven now to 425 degrees F. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1/4 cup baking soda slowly to the boiling water. If you dump it all in, you will have an overflowing pot, so go slow.
Add 4 buns and let them boil for 30 seconds per side. Remove to a parchment lined baking sheet and continue with the remaining buns.
Lightly beat 1 egg in a small bowl. Brush the tops and sides of each bun and sprinkle with grey sea salt. If your sea salt is in large granules (mine is) then use a mortar and pestle to make it finer.
Use a sharp knife and cut an X in the tops. Bake for 13-17 minutes, or until the buns sound hallow when thumped. Remove and cool completely before cutting.
Easy, right? Seriously, they were so easy and so good. I’m in love.