Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Homemade Soft Pretzels

On Sunday, while K & E were taking naps, I was on Pinterest looking at some of the past recipes I pinned. These homemade soft pretzel looked so delicious and I just had to try them. Thank you Pennies on a Platter for the recipe and great instructions. The pretzel came out so soft and yummy. It was so hard to stop eating them when they came out of the oven. The best part was how easy it was to make them. I can't wait to make these again:-)

Here's the recipe:
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for topping
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) instant yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil (nonstick) spray, for pan and bowl
10 cups water
2/3 cups baking soda
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 Tablespoon water (for egg wash)

Using a stand mixer, combine butter, sugar, salt and warm water. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let set for a couple of minutes.

Using the hook attachement, add the flour little by little until fully incorporated. Mix with the hook attachment on medium speed until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the bowl. If you don't have a stand mixer or a hook attachement that's okay. Just knead the dough with your hands adding the flour little by little until you reach the same results.

Pull the dough out of the bowl and spray the inside of the bowl with your vegetable oil. I just poured a tablespoon in and used my hand to coat the inside of the bowl. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 45 minutes in a warm place.

Ten minutes before the dough is ready, start boiling 10 cups of water in a large pot. Also, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone. Get your egg wash ready as well by cracking an egg into a small dish and mix in the water.

Once the dough has risen, place on a lightly oiled surface. Cut the dough into 30 equal pieces.  Roll each ball dough into a rope. Taking the ends of the rope in each hand, cross them over each other, twist one turn, then press onto the center of the rope, to form a pretzel shape. Place onto the parchment lined baking sheets.
Now comes a fun part. When the water reaches its boiling point, pour in the baking soda.  Working with two pretzels at a time, place the pretzel dough into the water for 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to help with this process. Once the pretzel has been through the water place on the baking sheet.

 Using a pastry brush, brush the water boiled pretzel dough with the egg wash and sprinkle with koser salt. Once all the dough has been boiled for 30 seconds, bake on the baking sheet for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown on the top.
I swear the aroma is amazing when these are baking. And nothing beats how they taste when they come out of the oven. Have a wire rack ready to place the pretzel on top to cool. Cool for at least 5 minutes before eating. It will be hard but you don't want to burn your tongue right? :-) Enjoy this super tasty treat!!


Kimmie J said...

Hi there, I'm a new follower and came across your blog via Iowagirleats.com. I too love to bake and try out new recipes of foods. I will have to try these pretzels soon! Thanks for sharing!
Take care,

B&K said...

Hi Kimmie! Welcome to our blog:-) So excited you found us. PS I can't wait to try the french bread pizza on your blog;-)