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salted pretzel rolls

Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 12 -14 rolls


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 115 degrees F
  • 1 package 1/4 oz packet active dry yeast (not quick rise)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • sea salt for topping


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast and sugar and let rest 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • Add the flour, salt, and butter; mix with the dough hook until thoroughly combined and dough no longer sticks to sides.
  • Brush large bowl with olive oil, then place dough in bowl.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  • After an hour, punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Cut the dough into 12-14 pieces.
  • To shape, take a piece of dough and start forming a round, smooth ball by pulling the sides to the center and pinching to seal.
  • Roll in your hand to smooth top (un-pinched) side.
  • Place the ball on the baking sheet pinched seam side down, with at least 1” between each roll. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F and place oven racks on the lowest and middle positions.
  • In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a low boil.
  • Add the baking soda sloooooowly (if you add too fast it will overflow)and lower heat to a simmer.
  • Put the rolls into the poaching liquid, seam side down.
  • Boil for 30 seconds then carefully turn the roll over in the liquid. Boil other side for 30 seconds then remove with a slotted spoon to the same prepared sheet pans, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  • Brush each roll with the lightly beaten egg.
  • Top each roll with a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • With a sharp straight edged knife, cut a slash or “X” in the top of each roll.
  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.