Pretzel buns, have you ever had them?
I had them once at a restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. There is nothing like a soft dough pretzel hugging a burger. That experience was filed in my mind as a ‘never again’ after I learned I had to eat a gluten-free diet. Once in a while I’d pull out that memory like an old vacation photo. I missed the bun but it didn’t bother me since I couldn’t on a whim drive to Nashville and order it.
Then Wendy’s came out with their pretzel bun ads. Oh the pain, the sadness, the misery! I wanted one!
I made a comment on the Gluten Free on a Shoestring site and Nicole Hunn wrote back with a solution to my desire. She has a pretzel recipe in her cookbook Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap and one that is a bit different on her website.
I had to try it. I used the one in the book because it called for less ingredients and it makes less. Since I’m the only one on this diet in our house it made sense to try a smaller recipe.
I’ll post a link at the end of this post for the recipe on-line. Due to copyright restrictions I can’t post the recipe I used.
In Nichole’s new cookbook coming out in November she’s made some new discoveries on making bread. One of these was to add the dry ingredients last. It made a difference in how the dough came together.
Because this was a pretzel recipe and not a bun recipe this made 3 good size pretzel buns.
Slide a cheeseburger between this bun and enjoy. This bun doesn’t fall apart before you finish your meal.
*note mine aren’t as pretty and brown as the one on Eating Gluten Free on a Shoestring’s site. I think it’s because I didn’t know how to make a slurry to get it browned. Should have googled it!
If you don’t have to eat gluten-free search recipes for pretzel buns or soft pretzels and make your own.
The benefit for me is having Pretzel Buns and not having to spend a lot of money–which I would have done if there were any out there to buy.