Monday, May 13, 2013

Pretzel Rolls, Pretzel Buns and a Trip to Sedona

We are so excited to be heading to Sedona this month.  It is certainly the most beautiful place I have ever been.  Last year we spent a few days with my parents in Sedona.  Some of the best memories of my life were made on that trip.  
Seeing some of the most amazing sights together, laughing together and watching my mom with my daughter was a gift and I am so excited to head back.
Of course while we were visiting we HAD to stop to get dinner.  We ended up at The Cowboy Club.  Honestly, the wait to get in was horrendous.  The line was soooo long.  But, I would do it all again to sink my teeth into one of those fabulous burgers.
It was indeed those burgers that inspired this recipe for Pretzel Buns/Pretzel Rolls.  Soft, tender, perfect for every sandwich or burger and FABULOUS as a dinner roll recipe.
With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Pretzel Buns
makes 8

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 cups bread flour
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 ½ cups hot water (125°F to 130°F)
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon butter (greasing bowl)
flour, for dusting
8 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg, beaten to blend (glaze)
Coarse salt

Place  1½ cups water and 2 tablespoons butter in a heat safe bowl and microwave until hot (125°F to 130°F).  Set aside.

Combine flours, yeast, salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar in food processor and blend (using dough blade or regular blade). With machine running, gradually pour butter and hot water through feed tube, adding enough liquid to form smooth elastic dough. Process 1 minute to knead.

Grease a large bowl with butter. Add dough to bowl, turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then a towel; let dough rise in a warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Prepare a baking sheet by covering with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Punch dough down and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 8 pieces. Form each dough piece into ball (about 5 ounces each). Place dough balls on prepared sheet, flattening each slightly. Using serrated knife, cut X in top center of each dough ball. Cover with towel and let dough balls rise until almost doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile:  Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare another baking sheet by covering it in parchment and sprinkling it with cornmeal. Set aside. Prepare and set aside beaten egg.

Bring 8 cups water to boil in an 8 quart pot, . Add baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar (water will foam up). Add 4 rolls and cook 30 seconds per side. Using slotted spoon, transfer rolls to prepared sheet, arranging X side up. Repeat with remaining rolls.

Brush rolls with beaten egg. Sprinkle rolls with coarse salt. Bake rolls until brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and cool 10 minutes. Serve rolls warm or room temperature.

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  1. Oh yum! Have a wonderful trip and thinking about you and your mom. .

  2. I love anything pretzel related, these look fabulous! My parents lived in Sedona for many years, and we were there for every holiday when my kids were growing up. It's magical. I want to live there...enjoy your trip!

  3. Your recipes are great, easy and definitely worth a try at least once. The best part is the pictures, I always drool on my keyboard when I browse through your blog. Rekindling my love for cooking through this blog, keep it up! :)

  4. Sounds wonderful friends went their and loved it they lived in Arizona we live in West Virginia want to try these do they mail them out. what was the name of the restaurant and phone number. thanks so much.

  5. Can this be made into a loaf?


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