I have been seeing these everywhere. Pretzel Buns on menus as far as the eye can see. I have yet to order one, but I had to know what all the fuss was about! So I decided to whip up a batch of my own.
These are super easy pretzel buns because I used freezer bread dough. Hey, this is A Few “Short Cuts”, what did you expect? You could totally use your favorite bread dough recipe, but I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I like this Bridgford dough because it comes in 3 – 1 lb loaves. That makes it super easy to separate and make smaller batches if you want.
After it thaws you cut each loaf into 4 equal pieces. Each package will make 12 buns, but you don’t have to make them all at once.
I just took each 1/4 of a loaf and shaped it into a bun with my hands. You are going to want to use a bit of flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick. Let the buns raise on a grease pan for about 30 minutes.
While the are raising bring water and baking soda to a SIMMER in a large pot with straight sides and preheat oven to 375.
- 1 Package of Bridgeford Frozen Bread Dough (loaves)
- Kosher Salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp water
- 3 quarts water
- ¾ cup baking soda
- Separate the loaves inside the bridgeford frozen dough package and allow them to thaw. You can also use your favorite homemade bread dough recipe if you choose.
- Slice each loaf into 4 equal pieces and form each into a roll.
- Let rise on greased foil cover sheet for 20-30 minute until nice and puffy.
- Meanwhile, bring water and baking soda to a SIMMER in large pot and pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place rolls in the water and simmer 1 minute then flip and simmer 1 minute more.
- Drain and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining rolls.
- Brush rolls with egg white and sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Slash decoratively with a SHARP blade.
- Bake until 'pretzel' brown, about 12-15 minutes.