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.
- 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
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.