Recipe by NcMysteryShopper
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!
Top Review by nobunka
I had always wanted to try to make these rolls for burger buns.. but now they're a bread staple at my restaurant and I make them daily. Instead of portioning them right away, I make a triple batch and let the dough rise (after the initial 10 minute rest) refrigerated. Then I portion and gently roll them right before the baking soda bath. I let them rise after boiling them for as long as I can (sometimes I have to put them in the oven right away, they turn out quite nicely) and then bake them. (NOTE: There's no need to score these-- if you roll them gently before you boil them, they'll take on that lovely marbled look.) I bake them at 400 because they had a tendency to burn on the bottom, but that might just be my commercial oven. These are definitely worth the work (though I highly recommend the use of a kitchenaid mixer), and once you take a deep breath and just try it they get easier each time. I could make these from start to finish with my eyes closed.. and even after baking hundreds of 'em my mouth waters every time a take a batch from the oven. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! But, I do tell my customers it's my Dutch grandmother's family recipe... shhhh!
- 1 1⁄3 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons warm milk
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- kosher salt or pretzel salt
- 2 quarts cold water
- baking soda (1/2 cup)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.
- 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).
- Add flour and mix on dough cycle or med-low speed.
- Remove dough from bread machine once it forms a nice a firm, pliable dough ball.
- Add more flour if necessary.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured table and knead for 2 minutes.
- Roll into a 2 foot long log and cut into 12 even pieces.
- Cover dough with plastic and a damp cloth and let sit for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Let the pretzels rest for an additional 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425°.
- Lightly oil 2 baking sheets.
- In a large stockpot, bring the cold water to a rolling boil and add baking soda.
- Drop two rolls into the boiling water and boil for no more then 30 seconds, turning once.
- Carefully remove with tongs or slotted spoon and hold above pot and let drain.
- Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Repeat with the remaining rolls.
- 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.
- Let rolls cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.