4/1/09

Homemade Pretzels - My 13 year olds favorite!


Where do you put copies of recipes you want to make 'sometime soon'? For me I tend to usually tape them up in the inside of my kitchen cupboard. This is also where I keep 2 or 3 recipes that I often want on the spur of the moment like my taco seasoning recipe or my instant onion soup mix recipe. Both of which are usually needed at the last second when I realize I don't have a taco seasoning mix on hand or similar situation.

This week I've been staring at a recipe I tape up about three months ago and still haven't found time to make. It's for homemade pretzels, which I want to make with my pretzel-loving-13-year-old-daughter. Looking at it this morning as I opened the cupboard I decided to share it on my website - perhaps you'll get around to making it before we do!

Pretzels

1 1/2 c warm water
1 pkg. dry yeast (about 2 1/4 t)
2 T brown sugar
1+ t salt
1 c bread flour
3 c all purpose flour
2 c warm water with 2 T baking soda

Sprinkle yeast on the 1 1/2 c warm water and stir. Add the sugar and salt and then add the flour. Knead until completely smooth (I'd use a KitchenAid mixer for this but you can do it by hand too). Let this rise 30 minutes.

Prepare the soda bath with 2 cups water and baking soda mix. Stir often to keep the soda incorporated. Pinch off a piece of dough and roll into a rope. Shape into the pretzel shape or whatever shape you prefer. Dip the pretzel into the soda water bath and place on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper lined sheet. Let rise again until double in size. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Brush the top with butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.


The pretzel rope


Folding it into a pretzel shape



Option: Wet the top with water and sprinkle the
coarse salt on before baking instead of after.
Both work. Your choice!

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