Have you been seeing all the great burgers and hot dogs at restaurants using pretzel buns? So have I. I wanted to make some at home and I even found a recipe for it from a new blogger friend’s blog but as you know, I’m still practicing making bread and most things are a little out of my league at this point. But because of my mini-cinnamon roll recipe using Pillsbury Pizza Dough, the nice people at Pillsbury sent me three really great coupons. See:
I promptly took those coupons out and spent them and while I was there I bought some more Pillsbury French Bread because those Tex-Mex Bierocks were fantastic and I wanted to make some more. Then, as I was sitting watching those two goofy guys on the Sonic commercial (Sonic is an Oklahoma company by the way) I got to thinking that I could probably do a fairly decent job if I could use Pillsbury to help me out. So – I winged it. I knew the basics of making pretzels, only because I had read about it somewhere so I got to work this morning. I am flabbergasted that it worked and worked so well! These were so great and Mr. Picky Eater and I had a delicious dinner just now with fresh pretzel buns that took less than 30 minutes to make – you can do it too!
30 Minute Pretzel Buns
This is about all you will need:
1 Can Pillsbury French Bread
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
3 Cups water
Coarse Sea Salt
Put 3 Cups water in pot and begin heating. After hot stir in baking soda until dissolved and bring to boil.
Open can of French Bread and cut into three equal slices.
Make tiny cuts across top of all three pieces.
If making hot dog buns, slice a little more than ½ way through.
If making hoagie buns, slice all the way through.
When water it boiling, lower one piece at a time with a slotted spoon allowing to sit in water for 10 – 15 seconds then flip over.
Take out with slotted spoon, blotting spoon on paper towels and put on well-spray baking sheet.
Sprinkle with coarse salt.
Repeat until all pieces are done and put into a 350 F degree oven.
These look and taste like grilled buns on the inside – a little crusty goodness. YUM!!
Mine only took 15 minutes to be done so start checking then but may take up to 25 minutes.
You are done and they are great!! Thanks once again Pillsbury!
And no one paid me to say that!!
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try those pretzel buns, but hadnt yet…( I live in KS, and keep seeing those Sonic commercials! ) =)
Here’s your way to try them – quickly! They are delicious!
Had to pin this one. What a great idea. 🙂
SOOOO glad to hear from you my dear! Glad you pinned it and if you can get that over there – do it, it’s fabulous!
Wow…they look amazing! Who would have thought to make a pretzel bun from poppin’ fresh french bread? Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!
Thanks! I always call it desperation – but I will go with creativity! 🙂
Food Stories (@FoodStoriesBlog)
Wow ~ You are so creative, girl 🙂
Lazy and Desperate CJ, Lazy and desperate! 🙂
I am such a sucker for a pretzel roll. This looks great!
Thank you! Please try it then – they are great!
Anne @ Webicurean
oooh I can’t wait to try these! Those commercials with the pretzel buns are making me crave them like crazy, but I was worried it would be too much work!
Not these! You will love them Anne!
Very similar to making bagels (as far as the boiling goes). I may have to try this out. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never made bagels before but I may just give it a try soon! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and please come back again!
Well, you know I can’t get those here so I’ll have to try it from scratch with a French baguette recipe. I didn’t realize that pretzels are like bagels in that you pop them in boiling water first though! Guess that’s what makes ’em chewy. Who knew?
The big ones you get at the mall are definitely boiled or really just dipped in VERY hot water with the baking soda. I know this only because there is an Auntie Anne’s at our mall – or at least their used to be – and once they had a door open to the back and I saw them doing it – then my daughter bought an Auntie Anne’s kit from a school child selling them to raise money – read the directions and figured it out – but I never thought I would use that knowledge! 🙂
Lisa @ HappyGirlThrift
What a great idea! I never know the secret of an Auntie Anne’s pretzel, or for any pretzel! They look delish!
Thanks Lisa – they were so great and fresh tasting!
You are too good. I never would have thought of this!
I’m all about the shortcuts! 🙂
The first time I ever heard of a pretzel bun was on one of my visits to see my daughter in Chicago. They were served as the bread you get before your meal sometimes, and they were wonderful. At Christmas, I made bite sized ones and everyone loved them. I never thought of using the Pillsbury french bread dough, though (made them from scratch). I’ll have to try this!
Those look fabulous!
Choc Chip Uru
Pretzel buns are a completely new idea to me but one I would like to become better acquainted with 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you CCU and congrats again!!
now at home mom
you always have great ideas Kelli! 🙂 I really want to prepare these, this week I will make sure to get some french loaf from the groceries , I will look for them and prepare them for hubby! 🙂
hope you are doing well Kelli
Thank you Ingrid – I hope you are doing well too! Please let me know how you liked them!
Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
This is such a great idea!
Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week! 🙂
Anita at Hungry Couple
I’ve made pretzel rolls from scratch and yes, the baking soda trick is correct. But, doing it with pre-made dough is brilliant!!
Lillian Russo (@MyRecipeJourney)
WOW!!! I love this idea! Pretzel Buns are all the rage these days…I love the Wendy’s Pretzel Burgers and I told hubby we need to go to Ruby Tuesday’s for their pretzel burger soon! Now I’ll have to try this one! Pinning this…Great Post Kelli! =D
Thanks! I’m going to try “braiding” a bun like the ones at Ruby Tuesday’s this weekend!!
That would never have occurred to me to use Pilsbury bread dough. Genius. Gonna have to try that.
I’ve been noticing that Pretzel rolls seem to be the big thing right now. Not just Sonic, but everybody seems to be doing it.
It’s so easy griff – you gotta’ try it!
Hi Kelli! I’m back to say ‘I LOVE YOU’…this recipe is AMAZING! I just did my blog post about it! I made soft pretzel bites, but will be making hot dog and burger buns next time! Thank you so much for sharing this very cool idea! (((HUGS)))
Yay! I’m so glad you tried it and liked it. Pretzel Bites??? I love them and can’t wait to see your post. This couldn’t have come on a better day for me – it’s my birthday!!
Oh…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a great day! Enjoy! =D
Thank you!! Getting pinned to the Pillsbury board is pretty darn impressive! I bet they come back and want to feature you later this week!!