Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cooking Simplified: Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Hello everyone! I hope you are having an absolutely lovely weekend so far! Ours began with a Doctor Who mini-marathon yesterday evening (catching up on the latest season with the new Doctor), and a later start to our Saturday morning enjoying some much needed extra rest in bed. As for the rest of the weekend, I have several projects that I would really like to get completed, so I'll be focusing on getting those finished. We may also take a drive over to the Swan Valley to do a little exploring up the mountainside, and we also want to check out a couple of potential campsites we're thinking about staying at. :)

Now on to today's post...this is a recipe that I have been making for my guys lately:
Homemade Soft Pretzels.

It is relatively easy to make, and the pretzels are gobbled up immediately out of the oven. In fact, I get asked on an almost daily basis if I will make another batch of them. Definitely a hit in our household! :)

Ingredients:

Dough

3 ½ Cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup warm water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Topping

3 Tablespoon water
2 Teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
Dash of salt
Dash of sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter


Directions:

Step 1:

In a large bowl, combine the yeast and water (I allow it to sit for about 10 minutes so that the yeast gets activated, although the original recipe says to just combine all the ingredients at once). Next add the flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Beat until smooth (I use my Kitchenaid Mixer with the dough hook attachment to make it easier), then add 1 to 2 tablespoons water if dough is still dry. Cover and let rest in a warm place for half an hour.

Step 2:

Punch down the dough before turning onto a lightly greased surface and dividing into six separate pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope.

Step 3:

Combine water, sugar, and baking soda for the topping. Shape each rope of dough into a pretzel, dip into the baking solution, and sprinkle with coarse salt or sugar.

Step 4:

Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Then brush with melted butter.

That's it...nothing too difficult, and the results are delicious! Let me know what you think if you decide to give them a try! :)



2 comments:

  1. they look delish! Have you ever attemped them Gluten free? Im looking for a good recipe:)

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    1. Hi dauchka C! I haven't attempted them gluten free yet, but have come across a recipe for them on the Gluten Free on a Shoestring website that looks promising. In fact, there are a lot of gluten free recipes that I'd love to try from there. :) Here is the one for the soft pretzels though...let me know what you think if you do end up giving them a try. :)

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