Look what I’ve made! These pretzel buns are super tasty and not hard to make. They don’t require many ingredients and the dough is pretty simple. I have prepared them several times already and they are always so good. They are perfect for burgers too.
Makes 6 buns
- 200ml warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons oil (I used sunflower oil)
- 2 1/2 cups (about 300g) all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- sea salt for sprinkling
Add the yeast, sugar, salt and oil to the warm water, stir and let it rest for 5-10 minutes (it should be foamy).
Put the flour in a medium bowl then pour the yeast and mix well with a spoon (I like to make the dough by hand, but you can use a mixer if you want to). When it’s well combined, knead the dough with your hands for several minutes. If needed, add more flour. The dough shouldn’t be sticky.
Once ready, shape into a ball and brush lightly with oil. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and then with a towel. Leave it to rest somewhere warm. This would take about 1 hour. The dough will double in size.
When it’s ready, take it out of the bowl and knead it again a little bit on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 6 pieces and shape them into balls. Leave them to rest. This time for about 30 minutes.
Now it’s time for the part that will give these buns their appetizing crust.
First, prepare a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
In a large saucepan, bring 1.5 liters of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add little by little the baking soda (it’s going to foam, so don’t just dump all of the soda at once, because it will overflow and turn your stove into a mess). Place back on heat.
Place 2 or 3 of the buns in the water and poach them for 30-40 seconds on each side. Take them out with a slotted spoon and put them on the baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
Brush the buns with the beaten egg, sprinkle some sea salt (or pretzel salt, if you have). Make several cuts on top of them with a sharp knife.
Bake them for about 15-20 minutes or until a nice brown shade.