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Pretzel rolls are all the craze right now, and for good reason. They add an interesting twist (pun intended) to any sandwich. Even Dunkin Donuts has a version. Hubs and I took the kids out to our favorite burger place, and I got a chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun. It was really good, so I asked the server if I can buy a bag of the buns. He said no, but then I remembered that I was going to make these, so I didn’t feel too bad.

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First you have to have 2 lbs. of Jamie’s Challah Dough on hand for this recipe, so a little planning is needed.

I had a few mishaps with this recipe, but things worked out okay in the end.

When I was splitting the dough and making the actual rolls, I think I made them a little too large. My first clue was the fact that I didn’t end up with 16 rolls. 

When it came to the cooking time, 10 minutes didn’t cook them through all the way. I had to put them back in for 2 minute intervals a few times until everything was baked through. I ended up baking them for about 18 minutes total.

In the end, I had large “pretzel rolls” that didn’t really look like pretzels (they didn’t get that nice dark brown), but really smelled and tasted like pretzels.

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We didn’t care much about the funky shape of the rolls (not very pretzel-esque), but they tasted good, so we ate them.

Since making this version out of Jamie’s Challah dough, I have learnt how to make soft pretzels at home out of a crazy quick dough. I have made them a few times, they always taste great, I just still can’t figure out how to get them into the classic pretzel shape. If anyone has any tips, please let me know!

Get the Recipe: Sea-Salted Soft Challah Pretzel Rolls, page 340

MORE: Jamie's Favorite Challah Dough Hacks

Note: This blog series, Cooking With Joy, is meant to be a companion to the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller cookbook. Most of the full recipes are only available in the cookbook.