Sunday, March 02, 2014

soft pretzels

When I was a kid, I used to make soft pretzels. It's a great recipe for kids. I saw a soft pretzel recipe recently, and finally got around to trying it with the boys. It was a success.

  • 3¾ teaspoons dry active yeast (or 3 teaspoons instant)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ cups lukewarm (105°F) water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 500 g (4 cups) flour, maybe more
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • kosher salt
  • melted butter
  1. In a small bowl, mix yeast and sugar with 1½ cups of lukewarm water.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix baking soda with remaining lukewarm water.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix flour and table salt.
  4. Add yeast mixture to stand mixer bowl, and knead with the dough hook until the dough comes together. If the dough is tacky, add some more flour.
  5. Remove dough from bowl, spray bowl down with cooking spray, and return dough to bowl. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 425°F, and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  7. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces, and roll each into 2+ foot ropes.
  8. Shape each rope into a pretzel, dunk into baking-soda water, place on baking sheets, and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  10. Enjoy!

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