Pretzel Rolls Recipe

We like to do things a little differently around here. We save our big meal for New Years Eve instead of Christmas day. That way I can enjoy Christmas with the family and not be stuck in the kitchen all day. This year I wanted something a little different from traditional rolls.

Pretzel Rolls.

Dough:
6 or more cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups milk, slightly warmed
1 cup water, slightly warmed

Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Bath:
7 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
4 tablespoons baking soda

In a small bowl, mix yeast with warmed milk and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Add 4 cups of flour and teaspoon of salt in a large bowl.

Add canola oil and warmed water to yeast mixture. Pour into bowl with flour and salt. Knead in the bowl until dough is mostly smooth. Add more flour if your dough cannot be easily handled. I ended up using about 8 cups of flour. The dough will be somewhat stiff.

Cover the bowl with a dish towel and put in a warm place to rise for one hour.

*My bread making tip, when you first start to mix the ingredients turn the oven on and preheat to 200 degrees. Once preheated, turn off and it makes a perfect warm place for your dough to rise.

Punch down dough and knead in bowl for one minute. Cut dough into 15 pieces (more if you would like smaller size rolls.) Form balls by pulling the dough under. Place on a well-greased surface. Let the dough balls rise for 15 minutes.

While the dough balls are rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and get the pretzel bath ready.

In a large pot, bring water, salt, and baking soda to a rolling boil. Plunge three dough balls into the water and let them cook for 1 minute on each side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a well-greased baking sheet.

With a serrated knife, cut 2-3 lines across each roll and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pretzels are a rich brown.

So good. And honestly they are not that hard to make.

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