Whole wheat pretzel buns
fresh whole wheat flour
Boiling water bath
baking soda or wood ash
Mix the dry dough ingredients together. Then add the water gradually adjusting the quantity up or down so that you get a sticky dough
Cover the dough and let double in bulk
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
Place the buns on silicon baking sheets to rise (about 15 to 30 minutes) covered with a clean tea towel
Bring the water bath to a boil
Preheat oven to 400F – with the rack lower in the oven to reduce over browning.
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.
Cut an X with scissors on the tops of the buns if you want that characteristic look.
Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes
Allow to cool before slicing