Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Little Twist on Life

A while ago I decided that it would be fun to make home-made soft pretzels.  I love going to ball games and buying them.  So yummy and soft.
All of the recipes on line seemed to be about the same so I decided to just pick one. 

They turned out to be pretty easy to make and they were super yummy as well.  Follow the directions below and make your own.  You will be impressed that you actually made them yourself!


1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt

Step 1:  Combine in a stand mixer the water, sugar, and kosher salt.  Sprinkle the yeast packet on top and allow the yeast to sit for about 5 minutes or until the mixture starts to foam.  Add the flour and butter using the dough hook attachment for the mixer.  Mix dough on low speed and then change it to medium until the dough is smooth.  When the dough pulls away from the sides, about 4-5 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl.  Clean the bowl and then coat with vegitable oil adding the dough back into the bowl.  Cover the bowl and set in a warm place to let the dough rise, this will take about 50-55 minutes.

Step 2:  Preheat oven to 450.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with vegitable oil.  Set this aside for a bit.  Go sit on the couch for a bit while the dough rises.


Step 3:  Divide dough into 8 equal parts on a well oiled work area.  Roll out dough into 24-inch rope and make into pretzel shape.  Some may not look perfect. HA.  Place dough onto cookie sheets.
Step 4:  Bring 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in 8-quart saucepan

Step 5:  Put the pretzels into the boiling water.  I did about 1-2 at a time.  Leave in water for about 30 seconds each.  When done, return to the cookie sheets.  Brush the tops of the pretzels with the beaten egg yoke and water mixture.  You can also sprinkle with the pretzel salt.  I didn't have any salt so mine didn't have any :(

Step 6:  Place the pretzels in the oven for about 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Let them cool for about 5 minutes and ENJOY!

They are fabulous!  Enjoy saying that you made them by yourself!


This was my dessert the other night!

Thought I would share the yummyness that I enjoyed :). DSC_0395