There are things that go a lot better with pretzels. This recipe tastes and smells similar to the Auntie Annie Pretzels you would get at the mall. You can use this dough to make pretzels and different types of rolls.
1 1/3 c warm water
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
2 Tbs warm milk
1/2 c brown sugar packed
2 Tbs Butter
2 Tbs White Sugar
4 c Flour
2 Quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 c Sea Salt
In a bowl add water, yeast, butter, sugars, milk, let this sit for about 10 minutes for the yeast to start to activate. I do this step with all my yeast even the active yeast.
Add 3 1/2 cups of flour and mix. Slowly add the last 1/2 cup of flour. Depending on where you live you may not need all the flour or may need more. Weather plays a big part in making bread. If you are using a Kitchen Aid like me kneaded the dough for 10-15 minutes on setting 2. If you are doing this by hand, then make sure the dough can be stretched with out tearing.
Let dough rise for an hour.
Form you dough into desired shapes. Let rolls or pretzels rise for 30 minutes. While those are rising. Put water in a big pot adding the baking soda. Turn on high and let the water boil. The water should be at a good boil by the time that rolls are done rising. Turn on the oven 425 degrees.
Take one or two rolls and allow the rolls to boil for 30 seconds on each side. Drain rolls on a towel before putting them on the cookie sheet to bake.
After you boiled all your rolls, beat the egg in a small bowl adding 1-2 tsp of water for the egg wash. Using a basting brush coat the rolls with the egg wash. Then add salt as much or as little as you want. Use a sharp knife to score the top of the rolls.
Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes til rolls are brown. I rotate the cookie sheet half ways through to allow for even browning. Cool roll on a cooling rack when done baking.
This rolls taste so good.