Thursday, October 30, 2008

German Pretzels

I LOVE Pretzels, but not the skinny hard kind. I like the big ones that taste more like a bagel and are salty and chewey. These are fun and very easy to make, and as you can see, you can make heart shaped Pretzels for the one you love! (even though he hates Pretzels). I found the recipe here!

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt


In a large 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.(I used the dough hook on my Kitchenaide Mixer and it worked perfectly)

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 an 8 inch square pan.

After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, or a Silpat on the cookie sheet, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.


Pam said...

Yum. I've never made pretzels before. They look so pretty and tasty too.

Maria said...

We made pretzels awhile ago and we fell in love. Yours look fantastic! Nice work!

NuKiwi said...

I'm gonna try this one too! Looks like a relatively low-fat snack option too (I need to start paying attention to that again!). ;o)
The pretzels look great!

Darius T. Williams said...

These look great - makes me wanna toast these up and use cream cheese - lol.


Amy said...

Those look yummy! All I would need is some cheese sauce to go with those.

MaryBeth said...

Give me one with garlic, salt and a big tub of melted cheese to dip it in. YUMMO!!!!

Heather said...

mmmmmm! i make soft pretzels a lot... they're one of my favorite treats! these look lovely!!!!

Nazarina A said...

Now these pretzels will be good at any game!

Arundathi said...

those pretzels look super. got here from rezimo and so glad i discovered your blog - its really cool! love these chewy pretzels. thanks - gotta try these.

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