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Whole wheat pretzel buns

From time to time you’ll see the fast food chains advertise a special promotion featuring pretzel buns.  They are great with hamburgers but where they shine in particular in my opinion with bbq chicken breast.

Pretzel buns formed ready to boil

Pretzel buns formed ready to boil

Now, you’ll seldom if ever see pretzel buns in the grocery – they just don’t keep very well.  The good news though is that they are really easy to make at home – and you can’t get fresher than that!

If you’ve make bagels at home – and you should – making pretzel  buns is pretty much the same process.

The key for that great and characteristic crust is to boil the raised buns in a basic water solution before baking – an easy way to go is with baking soda – but I use wood ash (lye) because the wood fired pizza oven I have keeps me in loads of wood ash, and I need it around anyway for making massa for homemade tortillas.

So, easy, simple, quick – and since they are best consumed within a day or so after baking are ideally suited to making in your own kitchen.  Of course, I’m making these with home ground whole wheat flour, but if you don’t yet have your own mill commercial flour will do.

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Whole wheat pretzel buns
Whole wheat pretzel buns
Servings
8 big buns
Servings
8 big buns
Whole wheat pretzel buns
Whole wheat pretzel buns
Servings
8 big buns
Servings
8 big buns
Ingredients
Dough
Boiling water bath
Servings: big buns
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry dough ingredients together. Then add the water gradually adjusting the quantity up or down so that you get a sticky dough
  2. Cover the dough and let double in bulk
  3. Once doubled in bulk, deflate and divide into your desired portions - large buns for adults, smaller buns for those with smaller appetites - and form into balls
  4. Place the buns on silicon baking sheets to rise (about 15 to 30 minutes) covered with a clean tea towel
  5. Bring the water bath to a boil
  6. Preheat oven to 400F - with the rack lower in the oven to reduce over browning.
  7. Boil the buns in the water bath - about 30 seconds on each side give or take. When removed replace on the silicon baking sheet. Sprinkle salt on the top of the buns.
  8. Cut an X with scissors on the tops of the buns if you want that characteristic look.
  9. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes
  10. Allow to cool before slicing
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