The Swabian Pretzel rolls are our favorite when it comes to the German baking culture! They taste best fresh from the oven with butter! There are US stores who sell the pretzel rolls but they are not the same. Some are too sweet and the brown crust is different. We found an authentic recipe, you just need Natron which is part of the lye that makes the brown crust.
Ingredients Swabian Pretzel Rolls
680 g all purpose flour (in German Typ 550)
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30 g fresh yeast or dry yeast (1 package is for 500g)
400 ml water (about)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
coarse salt to sprinkle
3 EL Natron or food grade lye
Cooking Instructions Swabian Pretzel Rolls
- Mix yeast with flour, salt, sugar and water. Amount of water depends on the quality of the flour, you might need less or more. So don't add full amount of water. Start with half then add more as needed.
- Knead until you get a smooth dough. Place in a bowl, cover with kitchen clot, let rest for 30-60 min.
- Sprinkle four on a baking board. out of the dough form rolls (see the video how to do this, it is a special way). One roll should weigh 75-80g.
- Let formed rolls raise for another 30 min. Form them if needed again.
- pre-heat oven to 220 C (convection 190C) or 420 F / 375 F.
- Place parchment paper on baking tray.
Make the Lye
- Dissolve Natron in 1 liter water and bring to a boil. Watch out, the water will get very foamy!
- By using a slotted spoon place 3 or 4 rolls into the lye and let boil for 1 min, turn them.
- Remove with slotted spoon and place on the baking tray.
- Witha sharp knife cut the roll crosswise on top.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake on medium rack for 17-20 min.
If you want to freeze the rolls don't use the coarse salt.
What is Natron?
A naturally occurring mixture of sodium carbonate de-cahydrate (a kind of soda ash) and around 17% sodium bicarbonate (also called baking soda, NaHCO3) along with small quantities of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate. But it is not the baking soda as you find it in American super markets. It is a bit different. In the USA they use the food grade lye and Amazon carries it. It can be the alternative.
Dr Oetker has Natron - or find it at Theeurostore24.com