My husband actually brought me this recipe from a friend at work several months ago and has begged me to make them for him for that long. Why did it take me so long to try them. I don’t know, but I seriously regret it.
I mean, we’ve tried the pretzel buns that they sell at Costco and we love those. But these, straight out of the oven, are a million times better!
As in, the first time we made them, we were having people over for dinner and my husband went to pick them up. He was gone maybe 20 minutes, in which the first batch of these came out of the oven. Before they came home, I had eaten at least 3. Because, wow!
Hot and buttery and salty goodness that just begs to be eaten! We’ve tried these as breadsticks, small rolls, or as little bites. There’s just so much you can do with them. And don’t worry, I will be sharing some of our favorite things to do with them very soon. You’re welcome.
They are particularly scrumptious dipped in a really good cheese dip, like this one.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3-5 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Mix together warm water, yeast and tablespoon of sugar in bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes or until it blooms.
- Combine 3 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and melted butter together with the yeast mixture in a stand mixer with a dough hook.
- Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough comes together and pulls off the hook, adding more flour if necessary.
- Place dough in a large lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- When dough is ready, boil 4 cups of water with 1/2 cup baking soda.
- Break dough into 1- 1 1/2 oz portions and roll into small breadsticks.
- Dip each breadstick in the boiling water using a slotted spoon or spatula for no more than 30 seconds.
- Place drained breadstick on sheet pans lined with parchment paper or silicone liners.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden. Brush with melted butter as they come out of the oven.
- Try one while they're still warm because that's how they're best!
These are very easily adapted to make rolls or buns. We've made smaller rolls, like slider buns, using the same amount of dough and rolling them into balls and dipping and baking in the same manner.