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Monday, February 18, 2013

Soft Pretzels


Yield: 1 dozen

This soft pretzel recipe is popular in our house. I make them in triple batches to freeze. To heat them after freezing, just throw them in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. 













Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons yeast 
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar 
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water 
  • 5 cups AP flour 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1/2 cup baking soda 
  • 4 cups hot water 
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping


Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until foamy (10 minutes.) 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. 
  3. Make a well in the center 
  4. add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough ball. 
  5. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. 
  6. Knead the dough 10 minutes. 
  7. Lightly grease a large bowl, and rise dough covered and in a warm place until doubled in size. 
  8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
  9. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water. 
  10. After dough has had a chance to rise, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. 
  11. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. or cut each rope into 5-6 nuggets as the photo above!
  12. Once all of the dough is all shaped, submerge each pretzel into the baking soda water, and place on a greased baking sheet. 
  13. Sprinkle with kosher salt. 
  14. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, or until deep brown in color.
  15. Cool and store in air tight container or freeze.




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