There are a few things that Sam and I eat a lot of! Some of you probably know that one of them is pizza…we love pizza. But another thing we eat a lot of are these awesome pre-made Salmon burgers from HEB (they’re such a great deal!). Sam cooks them in his smoker and they always turn out so good that when we buy them we usually end up eating two salmon burgers in one week.
We normally eat them on a pretzel bun with sweet potato circles as a side…sweet potato is one of probably 3 go-to sides we normally eat (I need to expand on them a bit). Anyway, the store always runs out of their pretzel bread buns because they are so dang good, so on this particular occasion we made our own! And they were AMAZING. They don’t look too pretty since it was my first attempt, but they were so delicious…I told Sam that I’d have to be careful about not making this too often because I definitely ate ALL of the bread from this batch. Like all of it. I saved Sam a little chunk because he was being healthy and eating his salmon on a salad…and then I proceeded to devour all the bread!
Sam found the original recipe HERE but I had to adjust it a bit for what I had. I used bread flour instead of all-purpose which I think gave these buns their awesome texture, so I might try all-purpose next time but I was definitely happy with the way mine turned out. I also had to use dark brown sugar instead of normal brown sugar, but I don’t think that interfered with the taste at all because they tasted exactly like pretzel bread buns to me!
Homemade Pretzel Bread
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar / [dark brown sugar]
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-pupose flour / [bread flour], more as needed
12 cups of water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of water
- Heat milk and butter until warm (100 degrees to 110 degrees F); the butter will not completely melt. Combine with undissolved yeast and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl. Stir in salt and 2 cups flour, beat for 3 minutes. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine boiling solution and bring to a boil. Punch dough down and divide into 2 equal pieces. Form each piece into a tight, smooth ball. 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 then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes until the loaves are evenly browned. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack
I’ll probably be making more of these soon, just so Sam can have some this time!
Enjoy!!! Sincerely, Amanda