Recipe: Norwegian’s Pretzel Rolls

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Make Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pretzel Rolls At Home!

The minute we step off a cruise, we find ourselves looking forward to the next one. And in between trips, we’re constantly either thinking about the cruise that just ended or planning for our next one! And when the opportunity to recreate some aspect of life on board arises, we grab it… which is why we were so excited to whip up a batch of the pretzel bread we gobbled down voraciously while on board the Norwegian Gem! After searching the internet, we found a few different recipes and, following a little trial-and-error (and a whole lot of taste-testing) settled on this fantastic version from the website Dinner With Julie. We’ve simplified the directions slightly, but the original recipe can be found by following the link. Once you’ve made them, sit somewhere peaceful, close your eyes and pretend you’re sailing the high seas!


  • 2 teaspoons active, dry yeast
  • ¾ cup lukewarm water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Coarse sea salt

Boiling Solution

  • 2 liters water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda


In a large bowl, stir together the yeast, water, milk and canola oil, and then fold in about 3 cups of all-purpose flour and the teaspoon of salt. Once this is well mixed, add in another cup of flour. When it becomes to difficult to stir, turn it out onto the floured countertop and knead by hand. Continue kneading until all of the flour is incorporated, adding extra flour if it’s too sticky, about 8 minutes. When the tough is smooth and elastic, cover with a towel and let rest for one hour. Cut the dough into 10 pieces and roll each into a ball. Cover the balls and let the rest for 15 minutes while you bring the boiling solution to a rolling boil and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Boil about three of the pretzel balls at a time. Make sure not to overcrowd the pot, as they will swell while cooking. Bring the temperature down and simmer for a minute per side. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place the rolls on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. As soon as they come out of the water, sprinkle with the sea salt, which will stick better while they are wet. Cut x’s onto the top of the rolls. Place them in the oven, and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Photo: Edsel Little on Flickr.

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