Ok, so you get the idea.... I like salt. I love soft pretzels. On with the recipe...
Soft PretzelsMakes 16 small 3" soft pretzels OR 2 large and 8 small.
|Pretzels before baking|
|Pretzels after baking|
- 250ml warm water
- 1 tbsp yeast
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tbsp soft butter
- 2 tsp salt
- 440g of flour
- 5 tsp bicarbonate of soda for warm bath
- 1 egg for glazing
- Salt or grated cheese to top
- Add the 250ml warm water, yeast & salt into a mixing bowl, give it a little mix and leave for 10 minutes until the yeast gets all frothy.
- After 10 minutes add the sugar, butter and flour and either bring together with your hands or let a mixer do the hard work with a dough hook attachment. Kneed the dough until their are no lumps and it is soft and smooth. I leave mine on a slow speed in my stand mixer for a few minutes.
- Place in an oiled bowl and cover to rise for 1 hour. Treat the dough like bread. Put it someplace nice and warm.
- Let the dough double in size, or get a little bigger at least. It probably wont rise as much as bread as its quite a heavy dough.
- Once risen, kneed gently again and then get your oven hot and your pot boiling.
- Your oven needs to be pre-heated to 180 c or gas mark 3
- In a pan, gently boil some water and add the bicarbonate of soda to let the water gently simmer.
- Divide your dough in half, then half again, and then half again so you have 16 balls of dough.
- Roll each ball into a long rope and then shape into a pretzel. Heres a handy VIDEO
- Mix your egg in a bowl ready to glaze. And have your salt or cheese ready to top.
- Once all of them are shaped, pop 2 into the simmering water to boil. Use a large slotted spoon to turn the pretzel in the water. Boiling them for around 1 minute. Repeat with all of the pretzels.
- While your next pretzels are boiling, give the already boiled pretzel a little glaze with your egg and top with salt or cheese. You can top with whatever you like really. I bake mine on an uncovered baking tray, so I glaze and top on that tray too. (in the photos you'll see i covered my tray with foil - bad mistake, they stuck badly, so its back to my tried and tested method.)
- Once all pretzels are boiled, glazed and topped put them in your oven for 12-20 minutes depending on how your oven browns. Check regularly after 12 minutes. Mine took close to the 20 min mark as I also wanted the bottoms a little brown.
- Once they are out of the oven you can then leave them as they are or dip in chocolate or caramel. OR if you're feeling adventurous, fill with cream cheese.
- Pretzels really need to be eaten within a day or two. Best the same day.
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