The addictive soft pretzel roll

alton brown soft pretzel roll

A couple of years ago, after finishing an exhibition set-up at Marina Bay Sands, my friend M and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. We dragged our tired souls to DB Bistro Moderne. While we waited for our appetizers, we were presented with the bread basket. The first piece of bread that I chose was this dark oblong roll. The moment I bit into it, my brain screamed “pretzel”. The bread was warm, chewy and savoury. It was delicious on its own and you don’t even need any butter.

DB’s pretzel roll left such an impression that every time I stepped into a bakery and if I saw a pretzel roll, I would get it. Unfortunately I have yet to find a version that matches the “DB” standard. Thus, the only way to appease my craving was to make my own pretzel roll.

I particularly like Alton Brown’s pretzel recipe as it is simple, easy to follow and the proofing time is relatively short. Though the original recipe is meant for you to shape the dough into a pretzel, it is still good for one to roll it into a boule instead.

The finished product is a soft and fluffy roll, yet it does not lose its chewy texture. This also makes the roll highly addictive. I had the roll plain, with cheese, and I even used it as hamburger bun. It is definitely difficult to stop at one.

About Mandy Ng

Mandy’s journey into the culinary world began out of necessity–a means of survival whilst she was at university. She believes cooking should be simple and fun. Besides spending time in the kitchen whipping up hearty meals, Mandy also dreams of having a bottomless stomach that she can fill with all kinds of delicious things.