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Friday, September 27, 2013

Soft Pretzels

  Homemade soft pretzels are inexpensive to make, taste better tan mall pretzels and are easy and quick! So you'd have to be crazy to not try them at least once!!! And are so freaking GOOOOOD when served with homemade honey mustard. My girl Margaret Anne has a great recipe which you can find at her blog here.

Homemade Soft Pretzels                         

Makes 8 to 10 pretzels (I only get four large ones)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (or 1 packet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 3/4 to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
course sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions: 

1) Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2) Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir with a spoon until fairly mixed, about 1 minute. Add salt and sugar; stir until combined. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add up to 1/2 cup more. Poke the dough with your finger - if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.

3) Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes and shape into a ball. With a sharp knife, cut ball of dough into 2/3 cup sections. This measurement does not have to be exact.

4) Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter (rope should be somewhere around 40 inches long. Once you have your long rope, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
5) In a small bowl, beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl or pie dish. Dunk the shaped pretzel into the egg wash (both sides). Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.

6) Bake for 10-13 minutes at 425 F degrees.

7)Allow to cool and enjoy. Serve warm or at room temperature. Pretzels may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days (otherwise it'll lose its softness). Pretzels freeze well.

Let me know how they turned out, or any variations you used!

2 comments:

  1. Wow! I gotta try these. I've always been a little scared to attempt it. Maybe now I can stop racking up my bill by buying mall pretzels! Hahaha.Will definitely recommend your blog to my friends.

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    1. Haha, yes! The mall pretzels got expensive after purchase #1,563....... I am ashamed.....
      But there is no reason to be scared of these, they are sooooo easy! And thank you for getting the word out there about my blog I really appreciate that!

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