Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yummy Pretzels

Carrie sent me a link to a blog every thing is pink
where I found this great and easy recipe. We all loved them. We did 1/2 with kosher salt and the other 1/2 with cinnamon sugar.

Soft Baked Pretzels

1 package (.25 oz.) Active dry yeast (= 1 TBSP)

2 TBSP brown sugar

1 1/8 tsp. Salt

1 ½ cup warm water

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup bread flour

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2 cups warm water

2 TBSP baking soda

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2 TBSP butter, melted

1-2 TBSP coarse kosher salt or cinnamon sugar

In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, brown sugar and salt. Test water temperature with thermometer. When it reads 110 degrees, add to bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add both types of flour and stir well.

Place dough on floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. ** (To knead dough, press down on dough with your palm, fold the dough over and rotate 1/4 turn, repeat until dough is ready.) Grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl then turn dough upside down to coat the surface. Cover with a towel and let rise for one hour in a warm spot.

Combine 2 cups warm water (test again for 110 degrees) and baking soda in an 8-inch square pan. After the dough has risen, divide it into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 1.5 foot rope, ½ inch wide. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on cookie sheets with parchment paper and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake at 450 F for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and then sprinkle with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar.

**Marinda’s note — although I haven’t timed it, in the Kitchen-Aide it might be about 3 minutes that I knead the dough. Also I use some whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour.

5 comments:

Jessica March 11, 2008 at 9:29 AM  

I'm going to have to try that, though I'm timid about trying recipes with yeast since I worry that the work won't be worth it (I've messed up a lot of yeast recipes). But I LOVE pretzels and yours look so good!

Joanna March 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM  

YUM YUM is all I can say. They were so GOOD!

Mary March 11, 2008 at 2:10 PM  

Yum. Maybe that's what we will have for dinner tonight!

laurak April 2, 2008 at 8:59 PM  

I'm printing this out now and will try it out with Siena over conference weekend.