I am a big fan of good bread and sliders. When you find them together, jackpot! I made these pretzel rolls thinking I might use them in sliders. They ended up with pulled pork, so that’s pretty close. They are so delicious, we ate several of them with just a spread of butter.
I want to give credit where credit is due and tell you that I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. I’ve adapted to correct one glaring omission. They need salt on the top! I was lucky enough to have some nice salt from our road trip through France last year. It fit the bill perfectly!
Some of the comments on the original recipe suggested that they wouldn’t make it again because they found it too dense. Density is one of the key traits for pretzels, bagels, etc., any bread that gets boiled before baking. The longer you boil, the more substantial crust you’ll have. Boiling cooks the outside of the dough, setting it, limiting expansion for the most part, so as the bread cooks and tries to expand, it has no where to go. You end up with a very dense center. The same is true of my Polish Sour Dough Rye bread. You don’t boil it, but you do brush the top with boiling water, yielding a flat top and a wonderful dense bread, chocked full of sunflower seeds.
You can make this bread as rolls, or fashion it into two small loaves if you prefer. Give it a try! The process is easier than to think and very forgiving. You’ll start seeing store bought bread in a new, less desirable light.
My other big project in the kitchen this weekend will be a venison stew that I made in Poland. Not having friends who are hunters close by, venison is harder to come by here. Ed made a trip crosstown to a butcher shop that has venison, and half of our weekly food budget later, we’re ready to cook. The post will be up before Monday!
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- I envelope rapid rise yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 quarts water
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- Coarse salt, for sprinkling
- In a saucepan, melt milk and butter to 110 F, butter will only partially melt
- Add yeast and brown sugar
- I mixed this dough by hand, adding everything to the sauce pan, you can transfer to a bowl and use a mixer if you prefer
- Stir in salt and 2 cups flour, beat for 3 minutes
- Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough
- Knead on a floured surface until the dough is smooth
- Place in a greased bowl, turn to oil all of the dough
- Cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Heat 3 quarts water with baking soda, bring to a boil
- Punch dough down and divide into 8 equal pieces
- Roll each piece into a smooth ball
- Boil each piece for 2 minutes, turning after 1 minute
- Remove the rolls loaves using a slotted spoon and place on a greased baking sheet
- Beat egg and 1 teaspoon water, use a pastry brush to to paint the rolls with the egg wash
- Sprinkle each rolls with a pinch of coarse salt
- With a very sharp knife, gently cut a cross in the top each each roll
- Bake for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 F
- Bake 10 - 12 minutes until the rolls are evenly browned