I know the thought of making bread scares some people. The yeast, letting it rise, punching it down to rise again, the routine can be daunting. I make bread when I need to slow down and think. Bread making is not a rushed process. You have to take your time and follow the steps and be patient. The act of punching the dough is also very relaxing but I digress.
There are days when being soothed by the process of blending, kneading, and letting the yeast do its thing is needed to relieve one mind. Other days you have no time, and less patience and the thought of fresh hot bread is not a possibility, let alone pretzel bread that you get out at your favorite restaurant or pub. Trust me when I say you can do it and it will not take hours. With the help of store-bought bread dough, you will have pretzel bread in no time.
In the morning, place your frozen bread dough in a greased bowl and cover and leave in a warm spot and go on about your day. When I make this I put both loaves in the same bowl and when they defrost and rise they meld together. Don’t worry! As long as you break this up into equal pieces it will be ok! Don’t worry about them being restaurant perfect and identical but if that’s your thing, I would suggest using a kitchen scale to make sure each ball of dough all weigh the same so they will be the same size. Also, after forming the dough into individual balls to get the classic look by scoring the tops with an X. I’m more of a rip a hunk of dough off make it a ball and go kind of a girl but you form them however your like.
I’ve adapted this recipe from one I found on allrecipes.com.
We use the rolls for sandwiches as well as alone with cheese dip as a snack. Have questions? Made it and love it? Let’s discuss it! Meet me in my Facebook group.
- 2 loaves of frozen white bread dough, defrosted per package instructions
- ¾ cup baking soda
- 3 quarts water
- egg wash
- course kosher or sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Break each loaf into 6 equal pieces
- Form into a ball and set aside.
- In a large pot bring water and baking soda to a boil.
- Boil each roll for 2 minutes, 1 minute per each side
- Remove from water with a slotted spoon or strainer and place on greased baking sheet
- Brush each roll with egg wash and sprinkle with salt to your liking.
- Bake for 15 minutes then lower the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes until each roll is golden brown.
- Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.