June 13, 2021
Homemade Pretzel Buns make these bacon cheeseburgers extra special. They were a crowd favorite at our house and we will be making these again! A great pairing with our fan favorite dry-aged ground beef.
Prep: 1 hr 30 mins
Cook: 20-25 mins
4 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packages)
1 teaspoon white sugar
½ cup warm water
1 ½ - 2 cups warm/room temperature milk (start with 1 ½ cups, may not need all 2 cups of milk)
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cup white sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ cup baking soda
4 cups water
¼ cup butter
D&D Beef Smoked Mesquite Flaked Salt for top of buns
Step 1 - Sprinkle the yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar over 1/2 cup of warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 100 degrees F. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.
Step 2 - Add milk (start with 1 ½ cups of milk, you may not need all 2 cups as the dough can be very sticky), shortening, eggs, oil, 3 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Blend with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix in remaining 3 cups of flour by hand, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. (This is where you can add the remaining ½ cup of milk if needed, depending on dough consistency) When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. The dough will be sticky.
Step 3 - Lightly oil a large bowl, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Uncover the dough and punch it down.
Step 4 - Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F
Step 5 - Pull off baseball size portions of dough and roll into ball form, slightly press down to made a shape resembling bun. Set each formed bun aside.
Step 6 - Mix the baking soda and 4 cups hot water in a bowl. The baking soda does not need to dissolve completely. Dip each bun in the baking soda solution before placing on a baking sheet. Brush each bun with melted butter, make 3 small slices into top of bun approximately 2 inches long depending on size, and sprinkle with D&D Beef Smoked Mesquite Flaked Salt. Bake in the preheated oven until brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack or brown paper bag.
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