Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

1 C. low-fat milk

2 T. unsalted butter

2 T. light brown sugar

1 envelope rapid rise yeast

2 tsp. kosher salt

3 C. all-purpose flour

1 C. baking soda

1 egg, lightly beaten

Coarse sea salt


In a small saucepan, warm the milk and butter on low heat until ~100F. To the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, add the yeast and brown sugar. Turn the mixer on to start stirring. Add the salt and flour. Once combined, let the machine knead the dough for 8 minutes until dough is soft and smooth. Transfer the dough to a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cover bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise 1 hour until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 400F. Half fill a large pot with water and add the baking soda. Bring to a boil. Turn dough onto a board and cut into desired number of pieces (i.e. 2 for loaves, 4 for burger buns, 8 for rolls). Roll each into a tight ball. Add each to the poaching liquid. Boil 1 minutes, turn, and boil another minute. Remove to a greased baking sheet (make sure it’s greased or the bread will stick when it cooks). Slice a small “X” on the top of each roll with a sharp knife. Add a little water to the egg to make an egg wash (~2 t). Brush loaves with the egg wash. Sprinkle tops with sea salt. Bake loaves 15 minutes at 400, then reduce heat to 350 and bake another 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves, until well browned. Enjoy!

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