Pretzel Bread Rolls

Hello guys! A lovely new bread recipe for you today. I CANNOT stress how beautiful this Pretzel bread roll recipe is! It’s just absolutely delicious and so simple to make.

Crisp salty crust with a light and fluffy center. Delicious warm out of the oven with loads of butter or made into various sandwiches. These would be insane as burger buns too! So many possibilities. I made a delicious pulled ham sandwich with my buns with some fresh crisp salad, Ballymaloe relish and coleslaw. So yummy!

These bread rolls are a lot simpler then you think. The trick to getting the pretzel effect is so quick and easy. Once you prove and shape your dough you place them in a pot of boiling water, salt and bicarbonate of soda/baking soda for 1 minute make a little cut on top then bake. Easy!

These are easily the nicest bread rolls I have ever made. They will be a regular bake in my house 100%. They went down such a treat.

I will leave some process pictures below to help you out along the way. Happy baking!

Pretzel Bread Rolls

Prep time: 30 Minutes

Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Prove time: 1 Hour

Servings: 8


  • 525g Plain flour
  • 7g Yeast (1 sachet)
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 300ml Warm water
  • 50g Soft Butter
  • Flakey sea salt (I used Maldon)

Water bath

  • 2 liters of water
  • 60g Bicarbonate of soda/Baking soda
  • 15g Salt


  1. In a stand mixer or a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, sugar, yeast and butter.
  2. Add in water and using your hands or a dough hook mix together.
  3. Knead for about 8-10 minutes until dough comes together. This dough will be a little stick but that’s okay.
  4. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film or towel. Let rise till doubled in size. Mine took 1 hour.
  5. Once dough has doubled, remove dough onto a floured surface.
  6. Portion dough into 8 equal balls. I used a scales and my balls were roughly 105g each.
  7. Roll each portion into a tight even ball and place onto a lightly oiled piece of parchment and cover with a towel.
  8. Preheat your oven to 200C/ 180C Fan.
  9. Place a large pot on a medium heat and add in 2 litres of water. Bring to a boil and add your salt and Bicarbonate of soda. Be careful this will let off steam.
  10. With a slotted spoon place 4 dough balls into the water and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove and place back on the parchment. Repeat.
  11. With a sharp knife slice the top of your buns in your preferred design then sprinkle with flakey sea salt.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes until dark and golden.
  13. Delicious warm or made into some delicious sandwiches or burgers!!
  14. Enjoy.

If you make this recipe I would love for you to tag me on Instagram!#gills_bakesandcakes @gills_bakesandcakes

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