Okay, so most of you have made my pizza dough recipe. I am working on recipes that use that recipe just in different ways. So far, I have made these pretzel buns and pita bread which has been amazing. I'll soon develop a recipe for English muffins as well, utilizing the same dough!
I love when simple recipes can be morphed into something that seems more complicated. I also love multi purpose recipes. So I will be sharing more recipes that use this dough!
Fresh Milled Pretzel Buns
makes 8 large pretzel buns
2 cups of warm water
2 tbs honey
1/2 TBS salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 TBS instant yeast
4 cups of fresh milled flour (3 cups hard white or red wheat berries, add 1/4 a cup for extra flour to dust)
*Butter and chunky sea salt for basting.
Baking soda bath:
2 TBS baking soda
2 cups hot water
Warm water, add honey and yeast to a glass cup or bowl. Let it get foamy.
Add 4 cups of flour, salt, olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Add the Water yeast mixture to the large bowl with the flour mixture. Mix with a dough hook or by hand. It will need to be sticky but pull away easily from the side of the bowl.
The more dry the dough, the more dense and tough it will be. Sticky = light and airy. Knead for 5-8 minutes to develop the gluten. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, preheat oven to 375 , and punch the dough down. Flour your working surface, and turn the dough out. Shape into a large ball. Split it into 8 pieces. Shape the 8 pieces into balls. Roll the balls out into long ropes that are about 10 inches long. Fold the rope in half, twist the ends, and fold back onto itself. I'll attach a video so you can see exactly how to do this.
Make your baking soda bath in a medium bowl. Dunk the buns into the baking soda bath, and place them on a cooking sheet. This is my favorite...nothing sticks and it bakes beautifully.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a chunky sea salt like Maldons, and bake for about 15 minutes.
I ate these split open with a honey mustard marscapone spread and about died.
It was like 2 tbsp marscapone, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp honey. I loved it, but my family passed lol. These would be amazing with hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, or even with soup!