I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I’m addicted to food porn. I look at recipes, Pinterest Boards, cookbooks–that’s all I want to do. It’s gotten in the way of my job, my social life, my relationships. But…it yields such delicious results. So I’ll never stop. Never!
Adam and I are having a burger night tonight and I thought it would be necessary for me to make some homemade buns. I scoured the internet for the perfect recipe and looked at bun after bun after bun. Bun bun bun. A lot of buns. You should also know that despite my urge to make these, I was feeling pretty lazy and most of the recipes I came across required hours of my time. These hours are for Star Trek, not for bread making. So, as I was thumbing through my recipe cards I came across a copy-cat recipe for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Why not make those into buns? Done. Done, world. Done.
These were absolutely delicious. Chewy and soft just like a fresh pretzel and a perfect base for my turkey burgers. And they were pretty foolproof. Let’s do this.
(Adapted from Food Network)
Makes 6 Rolls
- 1 c. milk
- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- 3 T brown sugar
- 2 T butter, melted (plus an extra 2 T for brushing onto the finished rolls)
- 2 1/4 c. flour (I used bread flour. They were good. I’ve used AP before. They were also good.)
- 1/2 t. fine salt
- coarse salt for dusting
Baking Soda Bath
- 3 c. warm water
- 1/3 c. baking soda
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk until warmed on low heat. Do not overheat or you’ll kill the yeast. That’s bad. Don’t do that. If you’re anal and use a thermometer, the milk should not exceed 110 degrees.
- Pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the packet of yeast into the milk and gently stir. Let bloom for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the brown sugar and 2 T of the melted butter. Add in the flour slowly until well incorporated.
- With the dough hook attachment (or your Hulk hands), knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Dough will be slightly sticky.
- Grease a large mixing bowl and transfer in the dough. Cover loosely with a towel and place in a warm dry place for an hour. The dough will double in size. Punch down the dough and sprinkle with flour. Separate into 6 portions and roll into a ball.
- In another bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the warm water. Dip each dough ball into the mixture and place on a greased baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to create a slit in the rolls and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Once they’re out of the oven, brush the rolls with the remaining melted butter.
- Om nom and nom again. This step is important. I’m an adult.
These would be great for breakfast sandwiches, cold cuts or even pressed Panini sandwiches. They would also make a great roll to dip into some soup or cut them into pieces and dip into some cheese fondue. The possibilities are endless. And I’m sure they’ll be fantastic.