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Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls

2011 November 9
by admin

“I’m not blogging those rolls.”


“They look a little knobby and well, not so good.”
pretzel roll



“I thought you weren’t blogging those rolls but you keep taking pictures of them.”

“Just in case…”

Thank goodness I snapped a picture!  These whole wheat pretzel rolls were fabulous.

It all started with a Sunday afternoon trip to Blimpie in the middle of too much yardwork.  They were advertising their new pretzel rolls, which looked positively unappetizing to me (all squished in a fake panini maker and whatnot) but alluring to the Omnivore.  He threw out the challenge as he ordered his sandwich, “I’ll take Italian bread,” he said to the sandwich artist and under his breath he said, “You can make a better pretzel anyway.”

And what did we have for dinner that night?  Sandwiches on pretzel rolls.

Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls (Bon Apetit 1994)


2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup bread flour
4 tsp vital wheat gluten
*you may sub all of the above ingredients for 2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) quick-rising yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (about) hot water (125°F to 130°F)
8 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg white, beaten to blend (glaze)
Coarse salt


  1. Combine flours, 1 envelope yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar and celery seeds in food processor and blend.
  2. With machine running, gradually pour hot water through feed tube, adding enough water to form smooth elastic dough.
  3. Process 1 minute to knead.
  4. Grease medium bowl. Add dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then towel; let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 35 minutes.
  5. Flour baking sheet. Punch dough down and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  6. Divide into 8 pieces.
  7. Form each dough piece into ball. Place dough balls on prepared sheet, flattening each slightly.
  8. Using serrated knife, cut X in top center of each dough ball.
  9. Cover with towel and let dough balls rise until almost doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease another baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  11. Bring 8 cups water to boil in large saucepan.
  12. Add baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar (water will foam up).
  13. Add 4 rolls and cook 30 seconds per side.
  14. Using slotted spoon, transfer rolls to prepared sheet, arranging X side up. Repeat with remaining rolls.
  15. Brush rolls with egg white glaze. Sprinkle rolls generously with coarse salt.
  16. Bake rolls until brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes.
  17. Serve rolls warm or room temperature. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in 375°F oven 10 minutes.)

Preparation time: 2 hour(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

  • Heidi

    Mmm, these look delicious to me.  I’m always looking for more whole wheat breads and rolls recipes.  Too bad whole wheat never looks quite as good as all white, but I’m sure they’re super yummy.  I’ll have to give them a try some time :D

  • Kate

    I’m glad you took pictures too!

  • Alida

    Your picture looks great!  I’m glad you decided to share them – they sound fabulous.

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  • Andrea

    I made these, and they are fantastic!  Thank you for the recipe!