Oh my goodness I just had a wonderful weekend (more to come)! I hope you tried to have nearly as much fun as I did.
Today is day ten of my challenge and today is devoted to the weird things I have cravings for. I have crazy weird cravings, like unto a pregnant woman, normally it's mustard on Ritz crackers. Sick, I know! This weekend I fulfilled my mustard craving by making Pretzel Rolls (that I dipped in mustard).
They're not just pretzels and they're not just rolls...
They're Pretzel Rolls!
Soft Pretzel Rolls
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) instant yeast
- 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
- 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Pretzel salt
- Combine the water, sugar, salt, yeast, flour and butter in a large bowl and mix until well incorporated.
- Knead with an electric mixer or by hand until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes (by mixer).
- Transfer the dough to an oiled dough rising bucket or bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a large stock pot.
- In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a small, oval loaf. Place onto the parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Place the loaves into the boiling water, topside down, one at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return them, right side up, to the sheet pan.
- Brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Slash with a sharp bread knife once or twice. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
I'm also having the worst craving for the Sweet-Tart Hearts that are in my drawer! Sadly I bought them for a friend in Africa so they're just going to sit in my drawer and haunt my until I get off my lazy bum and take them to the post office.
Poor Sweet-Tart Hearts!