Pretzel Buns-Laugenbrot
5 from 3 votes
Pretzel Buns (Laugenbrot)
Prep Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie - Adapted from Anice e Cannella
Course: Bread
Servings:22 small buns

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

  • 500 grams (4 cups+2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 270 grams (1 cup+2 tablespoons) water
  • 5 grams (1½ teaspoon) dry yeast
  • teaspoon sugar
  • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) butter at room temperature and diced
  • 10 grams (1½ teaspoon) salt
  • For the baking soda bath:
  • 1 liter (1 quart) water
  • 8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • To sprinkle: coarse sea salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds
  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water and 150 grams (1¼ cup) of flour. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining flour, butter, salt and mix until the dough is smooth.
  4. Make a ball, put it in a bowl covered with cling film and let it rise for 30 minutes.
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  6. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Divide the dough into 20-22 pieces (more or less weighting 35 grams/ 1.2 ounces) and shape each piece into a ball.
  8. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
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  10. While the dough rests, bring the water, salt and baking soda to a boil in a large pan.
  11. Place 7 or 8 balls in the boiling water and boil for 30 seconds.
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  13. Using a slotted spoon, remove the balls from the boiling water and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  14. Lightly sprinkle each bun with coarse salt, sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  15. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).
  16. Using a very sharp knife, make 2 slits on top of each unbaked roll.
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  18. Bake for 15 minutes or until the rolls are deep golden brown.
  19. Serve the pretzel buns warm.
  20. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (37 g) — Calories: 94, Fat: 1.3g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 183mg, Carbohydrates: 17.6g, Fiber: 0.6g, Protein: 2.4g

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