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Pretzel Buns (Laugenbrot)

Pretzel Buns-Laugenbrot

These pretzel buns or Laugenbrot are a specialty in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

I can’t describe how delicious they are, just like a pretzel. Amazing!!!

Pretzel buns are really not difficult to make, and they take about 2 hours from start to finish.

Don’t skip the baking soda bath. Boiling the buns in a baking soda bath prior to baking gives them their signature chewy crust. Traditionally the pretzels were dipped in food-grade lye. However, lye is not easy to find and requires special precautions in order to use it safely.

Sprinkle coarse sea salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds as soon as you lift the buns out of the water or they won’t stick.

They are great as a sandwich, with burgers instead of a traditional burger bun or as dinner rolls. I love to eat them hot out of the oven just with butter and maybe a thick slice of Swiss cheese.

You can store the pretzel buns in a zip lock bag for 1 or 2 days. Reheat them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and they’ll taste like they just came out of the oven.

Have you ever had pretzel buns?  If your answer is no, you’re missing out! :)

Recipe slightly adapted from Anice e Cannella

Pretzel Buns-Laugenbrot
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Pretzel Buns (Laugenbrot)

These pretzel buns (Laugenbrot) have a chewy, golden outer crust and a soft centre. If you love pretzels, you’ll love these buns.


  • 4 cups+2 tablespoons (500 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup+2 tablespoons (270 ml) water
  • 1½ teaspoon (5 g) dry yeast
  • teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) butter at room temperature and diced
  • 1½ teaspoon (10 g) salt

For the baking soda bath:

  • 1 quart (1 l) water
  • 8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • To sprinkle: coarse sea salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds


  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water and 1¼ cup (150 g) of flour. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Add the remaining flour, butter, salt and mix until the dough is smooth.
  • Make a ball, put it in a bowl covered with cling film and let it rise for 30 minutes.
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  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Divide the dough into 20-22 pieces (more or less weighting 35 grams/ 1.2 ounces) and shape each piece into a ball.
  • Let them rest for 10 minutes.
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  • While the dough rests, bring the water, salt and baking soda to a boil in a large pan.
  • Place 7 or 8 balls in the boiling water and boil for 30 seconds.
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  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the balls from the boiling water and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Lightly sprinkle each bun with coarse salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • Using a very sharp knife, make 2 slits on top of each unbaked roll.
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  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the rolls are deep golden brown.
  • Serve the pretzel buns warm.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 37 g, Calories: 94 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.6 g, Protein: 2.4 g, Fat: 1.3 g, Saturated Fat: 0.7 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 183 mg, Fiber: 0.6 g
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16 comments on “Pretzel Buns (Laugenbrot)”

  1. These are fantastic and turn out perfectly. Really delicious!5 stars

  2. I’ve made this recipe a gajillion times and recently tried it with sourdough starter instead of commercial yeast. It was super successful and I posted how I adapted it (linked to your blog of course!) on a sourdough fb page. Tons of people have tried it with tons of success! Just want you to know, this recipe is the BOMB! Thank you!! 5 stars

  3. Hi,
    Sorry if it sounds silly but, do you dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water in step 1? Many thanks! I got hooked on Laugenbrezel whilst in Switzerland and I can’t wait to make these!

  4. I tried it yesterday, it’s amazing!Taste just like what I bought in Berlin! Thanks so much for your sharing!5 stars

  5. This year while skiing in Austria we developed a taste for Laugenbrot (actually Laugenstange). In particular my 3 year old son adores it. So I decided to make it. This recipe is deservedly the first to pop up on Google. It worked the first time and the results (destroyed in a matter of hours) are yummy and look taste and feel just like the bought product. Thanks.5 stars

  6. Hi, If I made them bigger for hamburgers, would it affect the boiling and baking times?
    Thanks, they look great.

  7. These look so yummy! They remind me of rolls we used to get while living in Germany. I will have to give them a try – I am sure they will take me back to Germany and the fresh bread we got there.5 stars