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Homemade Pretzel Rolls


  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 8 cups plus 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Sea salt


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and 2 Tablespoons of butter.
  • Heat to 125F (hot but not boiling) and remove from heat.
  • Stir the yeast and brown sugar into the milk mixture and let proof for up to 5 minutes.
  • Pour the milk mixture into a large bowl and stir in flour (with a spoon or with your hands).
  • Knead for 5 minutes, and then cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot of your kitchen.
  • After an hour, the dough should be doubled. Punch down and divide into 8 even balls.
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  • Place 8 cups of water and the baking soda in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Drop the rolls into the boiling water, two at a time, for two minutes, turning once.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the rolls from the boiling water and place on greased cookie sheet.
  • After boiling all of the rolls, make two or three small cuts to the top of the roll to allow steam to come out.
  • Combine the egg and 1 teaspoon water and brush over the rolls.
  • Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F for remaining 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • When the rolls are cool enough to handle, brush a bit of water on the top and then sprinkle on sea salt.