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Pretzel Rolls (a.k.a. Laugen Broetchen)

What you need: 

2 (1/4 ounce) packages dry yeast
4 cups flour, divided
pinch sugar
2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 cups water, between 120-130 degrees, divided
1/4-1/2 cup baking soda
5 cups water
coarse salt, as needed

What you do: 

1. In a large metal or a glass bowl, dump yeast, put about 1/4 cup flour, sugar, and pinch salt. Add 1 cup of the hot water, slowly; stir and maintain a lump-free liquid. Let rest for 5 minutes, until it starts creating its own bubblies.
2. Add the rest of the flour and salt, stirring all the while, adding the remaining 1 cup water, intermittently. After all the water has been added, the dough should end up in one kneadable ball; not too sticky to work with your hands, but not too floury to be too dense to stretch and knead. Grease the bowl, and add dough ball back in it. Let rise in a relatively warm environment.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Put baking soda in 5 cups of water. The more baking soda, the more pretzely your rolls will taste. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch and knead down. Make 2-3" balls out of dough while bringing the baking soda water to a boil.
4. Let balls rise until water is boiling. Drop balls into baking soda water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Again, the more soda-exposure, the more pretzely the flavor of the rolls. Spoon out with rounded slotted spoon. Allow balls to sit for 1 minute, and then slice cross the top of balls. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
5. Bake for 25 or so minutes. They should be a deep brown color on the outside, and when you tap the top of them, they should sound hollow.
Serve with mustard and beer!

Preparation Time: 
1.5 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

sorry but its brotchen not broetchen. brot is bread, chen means small version of, eg katze is a cat, katzen is cats, and katzchen is kitten , so brotchen it is. i live her and learnign german and just plain showing off hehheheh

As Hiedi3 said, brötchen is correct. Additionally, the diminutive form of cat (same at "kitten") is actually kätzchen. Often you get a vowel shift.

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Before baking can you freeze these for future use?  Not sure if I want 16 pretzels at once because I know I will eat them all, but would like to have some to have to snacks later on.

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These were pretty easy to make, and tasted pretty good, although not very pretzel-y (although that was probably my fault). I had never made any pretzel type thing before, so I made a mistake: the saucepan I used for the baking soda bath must have been too big because the water wasn't very deep and didn't cover the rolls entirely. Unfortunately when I realized this it was too late to fix it, and the rolls when baked weren't evenly coated. My fault, though! Just don't want anyone else to make the same mistake I did. I'll definitely make this recipe again and see how they turn out after what I've learned.

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sorry but its brotchen not broetchen. brot is bread, chen means small version of, eg katze is a cat, katzen is cats, and katzchen is kitten , so brotchen it is. i live her and learnign german and just plain showing off hehheheh

sorry but it is broetchen. which means brötchen. when you add chen and you have a o,a,u many times you add umlaut.

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These were really good, although fore me they required waaaaaaay more flour than the recipe suggested. I just kept adding more (probably about 3 cups more) until they looked and acted like bread dough, though, and then they turned out great.

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I just broke my digi cam so I can't post a pic, but they look (and taste) just how you'd think... like rolls made from the pretzels you get at the ballgame. They're super good served heated with butter. Give them a try!

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can someone who's made this recipe post a picture? it would be nice to have a visual of what these will look like in their final form...

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I had trouble following the recipe, but I must have done ok because these were REALLY good! Next time I'll halve the ingredients because it makes a lot.

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