Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

Beer pretzel hot dog buns

We attended our first barbecue of the year at the weekend. The weather was glorious, the company couldn’t have been better and the food was plentiful (though not as plentiful as the alcohol…); all in all it was a lovely day and one that I hope to repeat many times over the summer. But I have never actually hosted my own barbecue; we spent many years living in a flat, making barbecues impossible, and although we now have a house, the garden is very narrow, the patio tiny and the whole garden is in quite a state; it needs some serious work doing to it before we can even fit a barbecue out there, let alone more than two people. We intend to sort it out this summer, and when (if) we do, I’ll finally get round to hosting one and will probably vastly over-cater because I can’t have people round without providing waay too much food – can’t risk anyone going hungry!

Beer pretzel hot dog buns - soft, chewy and delicious!

These beer pretzel hot dog buns are one of the things I will make; I’ve never been a fan of shop bought hot dog buns, they are too squishy and cotton wooley for my tastes, I prefer bread with a bit more substance and flavour. These beer pretzels are ideal – they have the classic soft-yet-chewy pretzel texture and flavourful deep brown crust, with a bit of extra intensity of flavour from the ale (though you can replace the ale with water and they will still be delicious). They make perfect hot dog buns, or sandwiches, or are delicious just eaten with a bit of cheese; they are also surprisingly easy to make. The dough is a fairly simple bread dough, the bit which turns them into pretzels rather than just buns is the bicarbonate of soda bath they are given before they are baked – this is what gives the crust the ‘pretzel’ flavour. It is very simple to do – you just dip the buns into a pan of hot water mixed with bicarb for 30 seconds each side; it doesn’t take long at all but provides so much flavour, and is also what gives the baked buns their deep brown colour.

Ale pretzel hot dog buns

For an idea of how to use these, check out my recipe for sausages with beer pretzel buns, beer braised onions and roasted garlic butter.

Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
Makes: 8
  • 110ml (1/3 + ⅛ cup) lukewarm full fat milk
  • 200ml (1/2 + ⅓ cup) lukewarm ale (or water)
  • 40g (scant 3 tbsp) butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
  • 7g (1 sachet/2 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 500g (4 + scant ¼ cups) strong white bread flour
  • 1 rounded tsp salt
To Finish:
  • 1.5 litres water
  • 3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • flaky sea salt
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, ale, melted butter, sugar and yeast. Add the flour and yeast and mix to form a dough. Turn out onto an un-floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place into a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and either place in the fridge to rise overnight, or in a warm place until doubled in size - about 1.5 hours.
  2. If the dough was refrigerated, let it come up to room temperature for about half an hour before proceeding with the next step.
  3. Knock back the risen dough then divide it into eight even pieces (I use a scale for accuracy). Shape each piece into a ball then roll it out into a sausage, about 15cm long. Place them well spaced apart on a lightly greased baking tray then leave to rise, uncovered (but not in a drafty spot) for about 30 minutes, until puffy.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6; line two baking trays with greased baking parchment (the buns have a tendency to stick). Bring the 1.5 litres of water to the boil in a large pan, stir in the bicarbonate of soda then turn down the heat until the water is not even simmering.
  5. Poach the risen buns two at a time for 30 seconds per side (I use a stopwatch) then use a fish slice to transfer them to the lined baking trays; repeat with the remaining buns.
  6. Brush the buns with beaten egg then use a lame, extremely sharp knife or razor blade (I use an old fashioned razor blade) to cut three fairly deep diagonal slashes in each bun. Sprinkle the buns with flaky sea salt.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, until deep brown; don't take them out too early - a lot of the flavour comes from the dark colour.
  8. Transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool. Eat on the day they are baked.
These really are best eaten freshly baked but can be frozen as soon as they are cool. Allow to defrost at room temperature then refresh in a low oven for 5 minutes or so to serve.

Pretzel hot dog buns - soft, chewy and delicious!Beer pretzel hot dog buns

I am sharing these with Saucy Saturdays hosted by The Flavour Bender, Take Two Tapas, La Petit Chef and Mid-Life Croissant,  Fiesta Friday hosted by The Frugal Hausfrau and Aharam, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday and Friday Features

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18 Comments on Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:41 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Julie, they are very tasty too!

  1. Ron Unz
    June 1, 2016 at 1:33 am (5 months ago)

    These look great! I’m gonna have to make some of these the next time I have my brewing and beer buddies over.

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:36 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Ron, I’m sure your buddies will love them, they go down very well with a beer!

  2. rebecca@figsandpigs
    June 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm (5 months ago)

    wow these rolls look so good they look like the perfect hot dog bun

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:33 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Rebecca, they are perfect for hot dogs, and just about everything else as well!

  3. Hilda
    June 3, 2016 at 4:05 am (5 months ago)

    Great idea, and definitely much better than the store-bought ones.

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:30 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Hilda 🙂 they are SO much better than store-bought!

  4. Frugal Hausfrau
    June 4, 2016 at 3:35 am (5 months ago)

    I think this is a fantastic idea!! Gorgeous photos, too (as always!!) They just might be too good for hotdogs, though!

    Happy FF!


    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:29 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Mollie, I would happily eat these buns with just about anything if I’m honest, they are that good!

  5. jane @ littlesugarsnaps
    June 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow. Those buns look so neat and impressive. I love the colour, the lines and the salty finnish. They look more than professional.

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:27 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Jane! 🙂

  6. Shailaja
    June 6, 2016 at 8:28 am (5 months ago)

    Wow!!! These are just awesome!!!

  7. michelle@oblogoff
    June 7, 2016 at 2:53 am (5 months ago)

    I love the look of these! I am going to try them(with the beer lol)
    Thank you for the recipe!

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:13 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Michelle, I’m sure you will love them!

  8. Miranda
    July 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm (4 months ago)

    These buns look fantastic! They’d be so good dripped in a beer cheese sauce too!

    • hannahhossack
      July 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes! They really would 🙂 thanks Miranda!

  9. Peter
    September 8, 2016 at 7:27 am (2 months ago)

    Wow Hannah ! These look so good. I am going to make them along with those beer braised onions of yours 🙂


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