Poppy Seed Pretzel Buns (Hamburger Buns).
This is my first time baking with poppy seeds. I recently bought poppy seeds at the grocery store and had planned to use them on my homemade hot dog bun recipe to make Chicago style hot dog buns but I decided to make pretzel buns first. Everyone was trying to figure out what was on the top when I took them out of the oven. They thought I had burned them but then I explained it was just poppy seeds that make the tops look dark.
If you don’t have poppy seeds you can put salt on the top or leave them plain.
Tips*:If it is summer aka hot & humid reduce the amount of milk a little. Flour absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, which makes it “wetter” during the summer so you don’t need to add quite as much.
*Tip: To make the egg wash just crack the egg into a small bowl, whisk it up using a fork, then use a brush to brush the tops of the buns. This gives them a nice shiny, browned look after they bake.
Tip: I like to use King Arthur’s All-Purpose Flour
Tip: You can knead the dough for this recipe by hand, with a stand mixer using a dough hook, or with a bread machine. I used my bread machine for this recipe by adding all the ingredients in, hitting the dough cycle button & letting it knead for 10-15 minutes then unplugging it.
- 1 cup warm milk (microwave for 30-45 seconds)
- 2¼ teaspoons or 1 packet of rapid rise yeast (I use quick rise active dry yeast)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Soda Bath Dip:
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 2 quarts water
- -One egg for egg wash-
- poppy seeds for topping
- salt for topping (optional)
- Add all the Pretzel ingredients, milk, yeast, brown sugar, flour, butter and salt in you bread machine in that order. Use regular dough setting. Let it knead for 10-15 minutes. Check dough a few mins. after you start it. If it's too dry add a tablespoon or 2 of water if too dry, do the same only with flour. Dough should form into a ball. IF NOT using a bread machine, knead using your preferred method, by hand or with a stand mixer for about 10 minutes.
- Let dough rise covered for 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into pieces on a lightly floured surface, I made 7-8 rolls. Roll each piece into a ball & place onto a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
- Let rise 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 F. degrees.
- Bring water to a boil in a saucepan on the stove top, remove from heat, add ¼ baking soda. Add back to the heat & using a slotted spoon place 2 roll into boiling water. Boil for 30 seconds on one side then flip them over with spoon & boil 30 more seconds. Remove from water & place back on cookie sheet. Continue until they have all been boiled.
- Take a knife or scissors & cut a criss-cross across the top of buns. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with the poppy seeds or salt.
- Bake at 425 F. for 14-16 minutes.