Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day? That means that the (unofficial) end of summer is upon us. Well… most of us, anyways. Here in Arizona I don’t think we actually cool off until sometime in October. So, we still have a bit a summer weather to keep us happy for a while.
If you plan on grilling up some burgers this weekend, don’t settle for store bought buns, make your own pretzel buns. If you’ve made bread before, it’s not much different. You just add a step of boiling the dough in a baking soda and water bath. Don’t be scared, it’s really quite easy and you’ll thank me once the buns are done. I ate a few right out of the oven with some mustard, I did’t even need a burger patty. They are THAT good.
If you do make these “hot buns” be sure to tag @foodbully in your post. I would love to see how they turned out. :)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 - 1/4t yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-purpose flour, or more as
2 quarts water
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon water
Heat milk and butter until warm (no more than 110 degrees F); the butter will not completely melt.
Place yeast and brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer, and add the milk and butter mixture.
Allow the mixture to foam, about 15 minutes. If your yeast is not foaming, you may want to start over. Your milk might have been too warm and killed the yeast, or the yeast you are using is probably old and dead. If dead, you should purchase new yeast when you try the recipe again.
Stir in salt and 2 cups flour, beat for 3 minutes with the dough hook attachment.
Gradually add remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Continue knead the dough in your stand mixer with the dough hook until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Spray a clean bowl with oil, and place the dough in the bowl, cover, and allow to rise for at least an hour. The dough will double in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine boiling solution and bring to a boil. Punch dough down and divide 4 ounce loaves. Make sure the loaves are tightly rolled, otherwise it will split apart at the seam. Boil each loaf in the solution for 2 minutes, turning after 1 minute.
Remove loaves from pot using a slotted spoon and place on a greased baking sheet.
Brush with egg wash and cut a cross in the top.
Bake for 15 minutes at the 400 degree temperature. Then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes until the loaves are evenly browned. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.