This recipe was invented the minute my oven broke. The dough was ready and waiting to be processed. Necessity being the mother of invention, I grabbed my wok and experimented.
This makes a very soft bun with a beautifully pretzel colored crust. Serve it with butter or with a fresh cheese like quark, ricotta or marscapone.
Important: It is really important when creating the "lye" for the pretzel crust to add the baking soda to the hot water and not the water to the baking soda.
Also DO NOT DRINK THE BAKING SODA/WATER MIXTURE (LYE). You could become very ill. Discard it down the drain.
You will need the following kitchen items:
1 large mixing bowl, 1 lid that fits the bowl, a large plate or a clean, freshly ironed tea towel, 1 smaller mixing bowl (optional), 1 fork, 1 mixer with dough kneading attachment (alt: wooden spoon), 1 large pot,1 sheet parchment paper or a large wooden cutting board,1 baking sheet with parchment paper
slotted spoon or spatula,1 wok with lid,1 vegetable steamer