Bretzel Rolls (Bavarian Pretzel Sandwich Rolls)

Total Time
1hr 54mins
Prep
35 mins
Cook
1 hr 19 mins

These fabulous rolls are wonderful stuffed with your favorite sandwich ingredients. This is one of those recipes that is not hard to make...but makes you feel a great sense of accomplishment when looking at the finished product. You can either make them into a tight knot, pretzel shape or simple bun shape. The recipe is a combined effort from Thorsten, his German baker friend, and myself. The dough also makes great pretzels. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Scoring the top with an X has some cool results as well! BEER PAIRING: Live Oak Pilz, a Bohemian-style pilsner, is perfect with these rolls!

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a small bowl if using a bread machine, or in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix a 1/3 cup of the warm water (105-115 degrees) with the yeast and let stand until foamy.
  2. Add the remaining cup of warm water along with milk, sugar & melted butter and swirl to dissolve the sugar. (If using a bread machine add mixture to bread machine at this point and continue).
  3. Add flour and mix on dough cycle or med-low speed.
  4. Remove dough from bread machine once it forms a nice a firm, pliable dough ball.
  5. Add more flour if necessary.
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured table and knead for 2 minutes.
  7. Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 12 even pieces.
  8. Cover dough with plastic and a damp cloth and let sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Pat dough into rolls or form knots and arrange on a lightly floured surface about an inch apart and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap.
  10. Let the pretzels rest for an additional 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  12. Lightly oil 2 baking sheets.
  13. In a large stockpot, bring the cold water to a rolling boil and add baking soda.
  14. Drop two rolls into the boiling water and boil for no more then 30 seconds, turning once.
  15. Carefully remove with tongs or slotted spoon and hold above pot and let drain.
  16. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  17. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  18. Arrange rolls on the oiled baking sheets and bake on the upper and middle racks of the oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until browned all over; shift pans from top to bottom and back to front halfway through, for even baking.
  19. Let rolls cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack.
  20. Serve warm or at room temperature.