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Take Your Burgers to Pretzel Heaven with These Pretzel Bread Rolls

One of the things I always seem to buy when I go to the farmer’s market is pretzel rolls. There is just something about these rolls with their great pretzel flavor, crusty top and the pretzel salt that just make them fantastic for all kinds of sandwiches and burgers. That being said, I decided that they shouldn’t be that hard to make on my own and wanted to give it a shot for when we were having burgers the other night. I found this recipe on Food Republic that was a pretty easy recipe, only used a few ingredients and looked pretty easy to do, so I thought I would give it a shot. This recipe actually makes 35 small dinner rolls, but I halved the recipe and made larger rolls and got 9 good-sized rolls out of it. This is the original recipe posted on Food Republic, so you can adjust it to fit your needs if you want.

Pretzel Bread Rolls

6 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 1/2 cups warm water

3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

7 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1/4 cup baking soda

2 cups warm water

In a mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, briefly blend the yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar. Let the mixture rest about 10 minutes so it can bloom to activate the yeast.

After the yeast has activated, add the flour, the remaining sugar, the kosher salt and the oil. Mix for 5 minutes or until a smooth, dense dough has formed. Remove the dough from the mixer and transfer it to a greased medium-sized bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 2 hours or until the dough has just about doubled in size.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with some nonstick cooking spray. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and roll out each piece into a rope that is about 2 inches in diameter. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces (larger if you are looking for bigger rolls). This should give you roughly about 35 small dinner rolls. Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a clean dishcloth and let them rise again for about 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. in another bowl, combine the baking soda and the 2 cups of warm water. Transfer the baking soda solution to a spray bottle and spray the rolls generously with the solution. Sprinkle the rolls with some extra kosher salt if desired. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes until the rolls are a dark brown all over. Remove the rolls from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet before serving.

It is a very easy recipe, easier than some of the pretzel recipes I have seen, and it yields great results. The rolls were nice and crunchy on the outside and warm and sweet on the inside, just like a pretzel. They were perfect for the burgers that night and we used the extras for sandwiches for the rest of the week as well. I will certainly make this one again since it was so easy to do.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Breads, Cooking

 

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Meals with Family and Friends, Part 1 – Parker House Rolls

I have been doing some special cooking over the last week since we had some family staying with us and a friend over for dinner. I didn’t make anything too fancy, but I did try a few new things. The downside for me about doing cooking like this is that I very often forget to take pictures of what I have made so I don’t have any photos to share of some of the things I have made recently. I did remember to take a couple of pictures of some of the side dishes, so I have those, but I forgot pictures of the main meals themselves so we’ll have to do without photos of them when I post those recipes. Sorry about that. Anyway, one thing I made the last week to go along with the London broil meal we made was Parker House dinner rolls. This is a variation on the original recipe that dates back to the 1800’s from the Parker House Hotel in Boston and from the Fannie Farmer cookbook of that time period. The recipe I used I actually got from Willams-Sonoma and looks more like traditional dinner rolls instead of the half-ovals that the traditional Parker House rolls look like.

Parker House Rolls

1 1/2 cups milk

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into 8 pieces, plus 2 tablespoons melted butter

4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

3 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes

1 teaspoon white sesame seeds

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and the 8 tablespoons of butter. Heat until the butter is melted, about 7 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to 105 degrees to 115 degrees. Add the yeast and stir until it is dissolved. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the 4 cups of flour, the sugar and the  kosher salt and beat on low-speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the cooled milk mixture and knead until the dough forms into a ball, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-low and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, oil the inside of the bowl and return the dough to the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until it has doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Divide the dough in half.

Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. on a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece of dough into a log about 12 inches long. Using a bench scraper, divide each log into 12 equal pieces. Using the cupped palm of your hand, roll and shape each piece into a taut ball.

Arrange the dough balls in the prepared baking pan so there are 4 rows of 6. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. in a small bowl, mix the sea salt,garlic flakes and sesame seeds.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking pan. Brush the tops of the rolls with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle the tops with the sea salt mixture. Bake the rolls in the oven until the rolls are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a roll registers 190 degrees, about 18 to 20 minutes. Invert the rolls onto a wire rack, then turn them right side up onto another rack. Let the rolls cool slightly before serving.

Wow, these rolls were good and very easy to make. They were the perfect size dinner rolls and came out nice and brown and crunchy on the top and soft and buttery in the middle. Everyone gobbled them up and I only had 3 left after the meal, just enough for Michelle, Sean and I to have for dinner the next day with our meal. The other great thing I noticed about these rolls is that they would be perfect to use as slider rolls for sliders as an appetizer, snack or meal. I will definitely be making these again as they did not take very long to do and you get a good amount out of the recipe, so you can always throw a bunch in the freezer and just re-heat them for your meal as you want them.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for some more recipes. I still have the London broil with creamy horseradish sauce, a pan-seared rib eye with red wine sauce, simple sautéed spinach, a wonderful fall vegetable risotto and more. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Biscuits, Breads, Cooking, Side Dishes

 

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