If you’re planning on doing some grilling this Memorial Day, we have the perfect accompaniment for you. Sure, you can serve your family burgers and hot dogs on traditional buns. But, what fun is that? Do something different this year and serve your best grilled meats on these little gems; Pretzel Slider Rolls! Better yet, they’re not that difficult to whip up in your own kitchen.
- While this recipe is for Slider Rolls, you can easily convert it to standard burger size buns or even hot dog or sandwich rolls. Heck, they’re just great all on their own. Whatever you choose to make them for, the process remains mostly the same. You’ll just need to adjust the size, shape and cooking time appropriately.
So, let’s get started!
If you’ve already checked out our Mickey Pretzels Recipe, these ingredients should seem familiar. As a matter of fact, the components for our Pretzel Slider Rolls are, almost, exactly the same. It’s the same with most of the cooking steps. The only real difference is the shape.
I did make one change in this from the Mickey shaped treats I discussed before. Since these are more of a bread-type dish, requiring a little more body, I substituted Bread Flour. However, All-Purpose Flour will work just fine.
Also, you won’t really need the Pretzel Salt for this Disney Dish. You can use it to top your rolls, if you like. However, you don’t need the giant chunks of Salt on these. So, Kosher or Sea Salt will work just fine.
Our Pretzel Slider Rolls are a yeast bread, at heart. So, that means we’ll need to “activate” the yeast first to get it going. We’ve talked about this in the past but, just in case you haven’t explored those Disney Dishes a this point, we’ll discuss it again.
Start by adding the Yeast, Warm Water, Sugar and Salt to a small bowl or large measuring cup. Stir to combine and let set for about 5 minutes. The mixture will gradually begin to bubble, or “bloom”, like in the photo above. Once it does this, it’s awake and ready to go!
Next, add the Flour and Melted Butter to an electric mixer. Pour in the “bloomed” Yeast liquid and mix on low until combined using the dough hook feature. Once the mixture comes together, change the speed to medium and knead the dough for about 4 to 5 minutes. The result should be a smooth dough that looks similar to the picture above.
- If you don’t have an electric mixer with a dough hook, you can still do this by hand. Combine all the ingredients then turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead manually for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and somewhat elastic.
Once your dough is ready to go, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough has approximately doubled in size; about 50 to 55 minutes.
Shape it up!
Once your dough has risen, it’s time to portion it out for the next step. To do this, you’ll want to flatten the dough, slightly, and cut it into approximately 16 equal sized segments.
- I know, “easier said then done”. That’s true! I definitely ended up with some mismatched rolls when I made these. However, making them in close in size as possible will help them bake more evenly.
Roll each of those portions into balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap, set in a warm place and allow to rise for about another 30 minutes.
What makes these Pretzel Slider Rolls?
Well, that’s a great question. It’s the next step. For a traditional “yeast-bread”, you’d pretty much just go ahead and bake them from here. However, to “Pretzel-ize” these rolls, you’ll need to add this extra stage to the process.
Add the Water and Baking Soda to a large pan and ring the mixture to a rolling boil. The Baking Soda will cause it to fizz significantly.
Next, place a silicon baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Coat with a liberal amount of oil or cooking spray.
- Be sure to oil the pan well, especially if you’re using parchment paper. If you don’t, the rolls will stick and you’ll spend a lot of time peeling paper from them. Trust me. I speak from personal, peeling, experience.
Add the roll portions, about 4 at a time, to the Baking Soda Water “Jacuzzi” and boil for about a minute. Remove and place on the prepared baking sheets.
Next you’ll want to use a sharp knife to cut an “x” into the top of each of the rolls. This helps them expand slightly as they’re baking. Let’s be honest, though. It makes them look really cool! That should be reason enough!
Time now to give our rolls a little shine. Add the Egg and a little Water to a small bowl and beat until well combined. Brush the top of each roll lightly then sprinkle with a little Kosher or Sea Salt.
Finally, it’s time to get these puppies baking! Place the baking sheets in an oven preheated to 425ºF. For our Pretzel Slider Rolls, you’ll want to cook them for about 14 to 17 minutes, rotating them midway through the baking time to help them cook evenly.
You’ll know they’re fully baked when they’re golden brown, like in the photo above, and give off a hollow sound if you tap them on the bottom. Cool completely and reserve until ready to use.
You won’t find many better rolls than these. Our Pretzel Slider Rolls have an amazing, crispy, crust but are soft and wonderful in the center. Plus, you get that fantastic soft pretzel flavor with every bite.
They’re prefect for burgers or sandwiches. However, you won’t go wrong just enjoying them as they are.
You’ll definitely want to add these to your Memorial Day menu!
Pretzel Slider Rolls
Makes Approximately 16 Rolls
- 1 1/2 cups – Warm Water
- 1 tbls – Sugar
- 2 tsp – Kosher Salt
- 2 1/4 tsp – Active Dry Yeast
- 4 1/2 cups – Bread or All-Purpose Flour
- 2 oz – Unsalted Butter – Melted
- 10 cups – Water
- 2/3 cup – Baking Soda
- Vegetable Oil of Cooking Spray – For Pans
- 1 – Large Egg Yolk
- 1 tsp – Water
- Kosher or Sea Salt – To Taste
- Combine Warm Water, Sugar, Salt and Active Dry Yeast. Let sit for approximately 5 mins; until bubbles form
- Add the All-Purpose Flour, Melted Butter and Yeast Mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook. Mix on low until combined then increase the speed to medium and knead for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and slightly elastic. (You can also knead by hand for approximately 10 minutes)
- Place the kneaded dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and set in a warm place until the dough has risen to approximately double in size; about 50 minutes
- Remove the risen dough on to a lightly oiled surface and cut into equal sized pieces
- Use your hands to roll the dough into balls
- Cover with plastic wrap, place in a warm location and allow to rise for about another 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 425ºF
- Add the Baking Soda and Water to a large pan and bring to a rolling boil; the Baking Soda will make the water “fizz”
- Drop the formed Pretzel Rolls about 4 at a time into the Baking Soda Water Bath and boil for approximately 1 minute
- Place the Boiled Pretzels Rolls on a well oiled baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper
- Using a sharp knife, cut an “x” into the top of each roll
- Beat together the Egg Yolk and Water and brush the tops of each roll and sprinkle with Kosher or Sea Salt, to taste
- Bake at 425ºF for 14 – 17 minutes
- Cool completely and store until ready to use
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