These soft pretzel buns are a delicious homemade treat that can be served with any meal. These rolls are commonly used in Germany for a variety of savory sandwiches.
Prep Time 20 minutesmins
Resting Time 2 hourshrs
Total Time 2 hourshrs20 minutesmins
1 ⅔cupcup warm water
4cupsall purpose flour
coarse salt to sprinkle on the rolls
Add ⅓ cup of lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a stand mixer bowl. Mix to combine, cover the bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes until foamy.
Melt the butter and combine with the remaining water, add it to the yeast mixture, and mix well.
Blend the salt with the flour and it to the bowl, while kneading on low speed 1 cup at a time.
Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth dough forms. Add a little more flour in case the dough is too soft and tacky; add a little more water if the dough seems too dense and dry. Different flour brands react differently, and cup measurements are not always accurate either, so you need to adjust by look and feel. See the recipe video for more guidance.
Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and allow to rise in a warm place for about 60-90 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into smooth rolls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Cover the rolls with a dish towel and let the rolls rest for about 30 minutes. Then uncover the rolls an place them for 30 minutes into the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Fill a medium-sized pot ⅔ with water and bring to a boil. Then slowly add the baking soda to the water.
Place 2-4 buns, top side down, at a time into the water bath using a slotted spoon. Turn after 20 seconds and leave on the other side for another 15 seconds.
Remove the bun from the water with a slotted spoon and allow the water to drain well. Then place it back on the baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the rolls.
Use a sharp knife or a lame to slash a cross shape on top of the rolls. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake the rolls in a 425°F preheated oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.