Scott wanted to have a fun stay-at-home baseball date night where we watch the Red Sox beat Kansas City while eating hot dogs and soft pretzels, as if we never missed a day at Fenway Park. Sadly the game was postponed due to rain. But we still had all the makings for a fun night “at the park”. We decided to proceed with our date-night anyhow.
Instead of hot dogs on regular, plain-old buns I decided to whip up some pretzel dough to make our own pretzel buns. Because A.) pretzel buns are the bomb B.) it’s combining two of our favorite parts of being at a ballgame in one fell swoop C.) you’re eating less carbs overall if you’re taking out the buns entirely and D.) they clearly don’t sell the right number of buns in a package. So, bingo…pretzel wrapped dogs it is.
The pretzels turned out super tasty (better than expected…because I’m never a great baker) and the dough was pretty simple to make! Of course the hot dogs were right on because we got Hebrew Nationals (closest to Fenway Franks you’ll find, I think). All-in-all it was a great success and I want to show you what we did!
The recipes I used are adapted from a combination of two sites. I followed this recipe for ingredients and how-to’s up until I finished kneading for 5 minutes. I continued my journey with these steps after the dough had risen and was ready to be rolled and prepared. The second recipe is actually for a beer pretzel (yum!) but I didn’t have beer on hand….Feel free to give that one a go!
Here we go:
Combine your yeast, sugar, salt and water
Dissolve 2 1/4 tsp of yeast (or 1 pkt), 2 tbs of brown sugar, and 1 tsp of salt in 1 1/2 C. warm water.
Wait until yeast is bubbly then add flour and mix with wooden spoon until incorporated
Knead your dough on a clean and floured surface for 5 minutes
Put Dough in greased bowl and cover for 45 minutes
It’s suggested to cover the dough while letting it rise. I did just that. I made sure it would be the same towel I will be using in another step…so make sure it’s clean and hair/lint free!
Portion your dough
After a patiently awaited 45 minutes cut the dough into 8 pieces (cut in 1/2, then 1/4s, then 1/8s)
Roll your dough into a rope
Take a piece of dough and roll it with your hands to form a rope. From there, form it into whatever shape you wish.
To wrap a hotdog…
…Start at one end, pinch the dough to the dog, and roll until you’ve covered the hot dog how you like.
Preheat to 450° before you begin the next few steps. The timing should be right on.
Boil Water in a shallow pan
Once boiling, carefully add 1/2 cup of baking soda. It tends to fizz and bubble a lot! Make sure not to over fill your pan with water. There should be enough to cover about half of a pretzel.
Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds
Spoon water over the pretzel to ensure they’re boiled evenly. Place directly on a towel to absorb excess moisture.
Make Egg Wash
Whip your egg yolk in a small bowl.
Place your pretzels on parchment lined baking sheets
Paint on the egg wash & sprinkle course sea salt if you wish. Now you’re ready to bake!
This was our hopeful attempt to be as cool as Pretzel Time or Auntie Annie’s Pretzels. I filmed a slo-mo of the most anticlimactic pretzeling ever. It’s kind-of worth a watch. Haha call this a blooper if you will…
..I know, I know you were hoping for this:
I hope this has inspired you to do something fun in the kitchen. I’m not usually one to tell people to go eat hot dogs…but I do believe that we have to keep a balance and adding a hot dog to our diet once in a while is okay. 🙂
- 4 C. Flour
- 2¼ Tsp. active dry yeast = 1 pkt
- 2 TBS. Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 1½ C. Warm Water
- ½ C Baking Soda
- 1 large egg
- Combine warm water, yeast, and brown sugar.
- Allow yeast to dissolve and bubble. Then add salt and stir a bit.
- Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well combined.
- Clean and dry a good surface area so you can add flour and knead your dough.
- Knead dough on floured surface for those 5 minutes
- Grease a bowl and place kneaded dough, covered, for 45 minutes.
- Dough is ready when you can stick your finger in it and your print remains.
- Divide dough into 8 equal parts.
- Roll dough into long rope.
- Place the end of your rope on the end of your hotdog and pinch it together.
- Continue to wrap the rope around the hotdog until the desired amount of dog is covered.
- Pinch any excess dough and start a "scrap" pile.
- Continue wrapping as many dogs as you please or turn your rope into a regular pretzel or pretzel stick.
- Boil water in a shallow pan
- Preheat Oven to 450
- Slowly and carefully add baking soda to boiling water, it will bubble!
- Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds
- Place boiled pretzels on a clean towel to catch excess moisture
- Whip 1 egg yolk to paint an egg wash over the pretzels
- Place all pretzels on parchment lined baking sheet
- Apply egg wash and course sea salt as desired
- Bake for 11-13 minutes until browned.