German Pretzel Buns

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If you have been following my Instagram or previous blog recipes, such as my German Mac and Cheese (Nudelauflauf), you can probably guess that I come from a German family. I was born and raised in Canada, but I grew up eating traditional German foods. My blog inspiration comes from my comfort food, which includes a lot of those German foods that I have made healthy with some modifications. The other bonus of course, is inspiring my family to make these healthy changes as well!

Needless to say, I love ALL foods and plan on posting Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian..etc!

Today’s recipe is SO YUMMY!! I have made this recipe many times and have already been told by so many people that it is the BEST pretzel they have ever eaten. Even my cousin from Germany, who is currently visiting, said they taste just like the pretzels back home. I posted them a while back on my Instagram (when my photography skills were seriously lacking). I formed them into actual pretzels and they ended up really cute and legit looking! This time, I’m taking the easy route and forming them into pretzel buns. They make great burger buns or just dinner rolls. I used them for a pulled mushroom recipe which I will be posting soon!

For those of you with kids, have your kids form the pretzels into shapes! My son loves making letters and cute shapes. We made heart pretzels on Valentine’s Day which turned out great!

Now for the process… For those of you that are intimidated by making your own dough. DON’T BE!! It’s honestly really easy. If I can do it, you can do it. TRUST ME. In a glass with lukewarm water, sprinkle in your yeast and wait until it’s bubbly/foamy. Then add in your melted coconut oil, brown sugar, and salt.

In a stand mixer with the dough attachment, mix your yeast mixture and flour together until you have a dough. Knead it out for about 10 minutes. If you don’t know how to knead dough, just find some YouTube videos. After some practice, you will be a pro and appreciate the arm workouts.

Let the dough rise, divide the dough into 12 pieces. (I like to pizza slice it to make the cuts even). Then shape into balls by pulling pieces underneath the dough and pinching together at the bottom. Do this while boiling a baking soda bath, dip the pretzels in the bath, and put on a parchment paper lined baking sheet!

Bake and serve immediately! (If you’re planning on freezing them, reduce your baking time slightly, and reheat in oven)

These German Pretzel Buns are:

  • Soft
  • Delicious
  • Fun
  • Easy
  • Versatile

German Pretzel Buns

A healthier (no butter) take on German pretzels,
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: salty, Snack, Soft, Tasty
Servings: 12 buns

Equipment

  • Stand mixer with dough attachment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water lukewarm
  • 1 packet active dry or instant yeast or 2.25 tsp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Add yeast to lukewarm water and let sit until it begins to bubble.
  • Add salt, brown sugar, and coconut oil to the yeast mixture and stir together.
  • In a stand mixer with the dough attachment, slowly add flour to the yeast mixture until you form a dough. Be careful not to over mix and add flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-10 minutes.
  • In a lightly greased bowl, cover dough with a tea towel and let dough rise for about 20 minutes.
  • The dough will be ready when it has increased in size, and is springy when you push in with your finger.
  • Divide the dough into 12 portions. Form into balls by pulling pieces underneath and pinching together at the bottom. Place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let dough rise again for about 10 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, put baking soda in a medium sized pot of water and let it come to a boil.
  • With a slotted spoon, dunk each piece into the boiling water one at a time for about 20 seconds each. After dunking each one, score the top with a knife and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake at 400 degrees C for about 15 minutes. Serve immediately or let cool and freeze for later use!
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