Oh my word people these were the bomb.com, they tasted amazing and seriously I felt like I was eating a soft pretzel with my burger!
I don't know why I haven't attempted them before, I thought they would be complicated and obnoxious to make but I was really surprised at how easy they were. Plus my Kitchen Aid did all the work for me! Which I was so grateful for because I am pretty sure I am getting arthritis in my hands, I have always had a bit of carpel tunnel but I am finding my super gripping strength in my hands is starting to dwindle. I now have to ask my strong hubby to open jars for me *gasp* what have I become! At least he feels better about himself that his little wifey needs help!
1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cups warm milk (about 100-110 degrees F)
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 100-110 degrees F)
2 teaspoons salt
6 1/2 – 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup baking soda
Coarse salt for sprinkling
In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid or other stand mixer combine the yeast, oil, milk and water, stir in the salt.
Stir in 4 cups of flour, adding one cup at a time. It will still be quiet liquidy at this point, add more flour, one cup at a time up until 8 cups. When a soft dough is formed it is ready to be kneaded for 4-5 minutes. I knead it with the Kitchen Aid.
Dump the dough out of the bowl and then lightly grease the bowl. Place dough back in and cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. It only takes about an hour.
Divide the dough into balls. I did various sizes for different purposes. Place the rolls on lightly greased parchment paper. Let rest for 15-20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Stir 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup baking soda into a large pot of water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Place 3-4 dough balls in the boiling water and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. If you want a chewier bun cook for an additional 1 minute on each side.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the dough from the boiling water and let the excess water drip off into the pan. Place the boiled dough balls onto baking sheets lined with lightly greased silpat. You could use parchment paper but it can burn once over 420F, so be careful.
Using a very sharp knife, make a cross on the top of each unbaked bun, about 1/4-inch deep. Lightly sprinkle each unbaked bun with coarse salt or pickling salt. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the buns are a deep golden brown.
I am sure you could make actual pretzels out of this recipe as well, I might attempt that one another day. What I loved about it, is that it wasn't too complicated and it just brought our burgers to a whole new level!
So enjoy them and the smell and taste will make you think you were at a NHL hockey game cheering on your favorite team.... GO FLAMES GO!!
Until next time!
I found this recipe on Pinterest and the original link is from here www.letsdishrecipes.com/2014/03/soft-pretzel-rolls.html
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