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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twisted and Delicious - Pretzels Recipe


Pretzels are popular in southern Germany and we love them in the USA. They are made out of flour, water and yeast and dipped in a water-soda solution. Also, they are usually sprinkled with coarse salt and served with a good mustard. 


 Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in a square pan. After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot thin rope. Twist into a pretzel figure, and immerse into the baking soda solution. Place  parchment paper or baking mat on a cookie sheet, and place each pretzel on top. Cover the pretzels with a towel, and let rise for 30 minutes. Brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture, bake at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush the top of each pretzel with  butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt.


2 comments:

Katie said...

"These Pretzels are making me thirsty" Kidding aside! They really look delicious! :)

Margaret said...

mmmm pretzels and mustard YUM!

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