The thing with homemade, from-scratch bread is that once you’re used to having your apartment smell like toasty bread and biting into that warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven-bread, you’ll never want to got back to the store-bought bread again. Consider this my warning :)
I’m a sucker for carbs and thinking of bread alone makes me warm and fuzzy. I’ve been making various bread recipes for the last couple of years (many of them found their way on the blog), but homemade pretzel rolls have always been among of my favorites. Sprinkled with poppy seeds and sesame seeds, they are my go-to buns for burgers.
Spoiler: I think a new burger recipe will be coming to the blog soon. :)
- 4 cups / 500g all-purpose flour
- 1 package / 7g active dry yeast
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1¼ cups / 300ml lukewarm water
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Mix the flour and salt for the rolls in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle, add in the active dry yeast and ½ cup of the water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is bubbly. Then add in the olive oil and the rest of the water for the dough. Knead by hand until a soft dough firms or use a kitchen machine and let the machine knead the dough for you.
- Once a smooth, non-sticky dough forms (you might have to add more water or more flour), cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it sit until it doubles in size (about 1-2 hours).
- Preheat the oven to 480 °F / 250 °C.
- Cut the dough in eight equal pieces and form the rolls.
- In a pot, heat the water for the water bath and add in the baking soda. Place one roll after another in the hot baking soda water bath with the top side down and let it simmer in there for about half a minute to a minute. Then put them on a baking sheet lined with floured parchment paper.
- Carve the surface of the dough lightly with a knife and add the poppy and sesame seeds on top.
- Bake the bread in the oven for about 20 minutes and take it out once the surface is wonderful golden. You can knock on the bottom of the bread and when it sounds hollow it's done!
If you give these homemade Pretzel Buns a try I’d love to hear how they turned out for you! Leave a comment or post a picture on instagram, use the hashtag #elephantasticvegan and tag me via @elephantasticvegan to make sure I’ll see it ^.^ I love to see all your lovely creations! Thanks! <3