Cure the Hangries: Easy Pretzel Roll Recipe
Have you ever made something, and thought, "Why did I think this was going to be so difficult?"
You know, it always sounds like a great idea and the end-product will be delicious, but at the cost of hours in the kitchen, dishes piled up in the sink, and too much money spent on unusual ingredients that aren't already in the kitchen.
Not these guys.
Not these soft, salty, easy pretzel rolls.
Not these cure-for-the-hangries that make you wonder where they have been your whole life.
Now, I aaam admittedly a *little* dramatic about food. You know, I am the kind of person that plans vacations around food. The kind of person that loses her shit when someone suggests "let's just skip breakfast and get on with the day." But also, the kind of person that does a happy dance (really) when mind-blowing flavors hit the tongue.
And you best believe that that happy dance was happening when I tasted the doughy, soft, fresh-hot pretzel rolls at Betony NYC. And so I decided, no matter what it takes, I'm going to make these pretzel rolls.
Little did I know, these pretzel rolls are a breeze - impossible to mess up, tasty, and easy to make with ingredients you will have in the kitchen (well, maybe you'll need to make a run to grab instant yeast).
So, this holiday season, make these pretzel rolls. Eat them while they're hot. Serve them plain, or slather on some honey-mustard butter. Do your happy dance.
Cure the Hangries: Easy Pretzel Roll Recipe | The Spice Girl Blog
Makes 30 Pretzel Rolls
For the rolls:
2 cups lukewarm whole-milk
2 cups lukewarm water
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
8 cups unbleached flour
For the baking soda bath:
1/4 c baking soda
8 cups water
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
For egg wash:
2 Tbsp water
1. For the rolls, combine water, milk, butter, sugar, and yeast in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
2. Add salt and and 2 cups of flour, mixing. Add the rest of the flour gradually until dough forms a ball.
3. Knead 5-8 minutes (or use a dough hook and an electric mixer for 3 minutes)
4. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let sit for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
5. On a lightly floured surface, cut dough and roll out into small balls (or pretzel shapes, if desired). Place aside on a floured surface to rest for 10 minutes.
6. While the dough is resting, make the baking soda bath. Combine ingredients and bring to a boil, adjusting heat as necessary (lower heat if too many baking soda bubbles appear).
7. Take each ball one at a time, pinching the outer edges towards the center without deflating the ball to maintain a taut ball-shape.
8. Place in boiling bath for 1-2 minutes ensuring all sides cook evenly. Remove without water and place on a lightly greased parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.
9. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
10. Beat egg and water, and brush wash over each boiled roll. Top with pretzel salt (or any large sea salt).
11. Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy while warm!
*If you're feeling crazy, serve it with this Honey Mustard Butter:
Honey Mustard Butter
2 Tbsp cream cheese
5 Tbsp butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp dijon mustard with grains
1 Tbsp honey
Salt to taste
1. Mix all ingredients together, and enjoy!