Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

It seems making homemade pretzel bread is all the rage right now, so I decided to jump on that bandwagon and give it a go. These salty, crusty buns are not difficult and smell amazing. I made this batch as burger buns for my BBQ Bacon Double Cheeseburgers, and the result was absolute heaven. Makes great toast the next morning too.

Pretzel Bread

  • 1 c lowfat milk
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T light brown sugar
  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • coarse sea salt

In a small saucepan, warm the milk and butter on low heat until ~100F. To the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, add the yeast and brown sugar. Turn the mixer on to start stirring. Add the salt and flour. Once combined, let the machine knead the dough for 8 minutes until dough is soft and smooth. Transfer the dough to a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cover bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise 1 hour until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Half fill a large pot with water and add the baking soda. Bring to a boil.

Turn dough onto a board and cut into desired number of pieces (i.e. 2 for loaves, 4 for burger buns, 8 for rolls). Roll each into a tight ball. Add each to the poaching liquid. Boil 1 minutes, turn, and boil another minute. Remove to a greased baking sheet (make sure it’s greased or the bread will stick when it cooks).

Add a little water to the egg to make an egg wash (~2 t). Brush loaves with the egg wash. Sprinkle tops with sea salt. Bake loaves 15 minutes at 400, then reduce heat to 350 and bake another 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves, until well browned. Enjoy!

I adapted this recipe from one at The original recipe is here.


Here is the dough after mixing and kneading…
Pretzel Bread

And an hour later…
Pretzel Bread

The dough ready to be subdivided…
Pretzel Bread

For this batch, I made 4 burger buns…
Pretzel Bread

Be sure to add the baking soda to the water before it is boiling. I learned this the hard way…
Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

Yes, I use cheap paint brushes in my kitchen. Yes, they are dedicated for only food use.
Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread


14 thoughts on “Pretzel Bread

  1. Pingback: BBQ Bacon Double Cheeseburgers on Homemade Pretzel Buns | Erica's Recipes

  2. I used another recipe on another site with all purpose flour and followed it to the tee and they came out untoasted and hard as rocks and tasted just like bread , Not pretzels @ all.
    I save them and give them to my dogs as a treats cause, They are the only ones who can eat them…lol!
    Do I need to use wheat flour to make them taste like pretzels??
    Thanks for any Info.

    • Honestly I don’t know what to tell you. It’s the baking soda in the water bath that give the pretzel flavor. And I used quite a bit – a whole cup. That’s one of the modifications I made from the recipe I adapted from. Did you boil yours in a baking soda wash?

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