Easy Soft Pretzels

Hello my friends!

Yesterday I decided to try making a recipe for soft pretzels. First time I’d made them, and while some of them came out a little overly plump, and pretty much without any holes in them, they were delicious! 🙂 (And they’re super easy!) ❤

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First, in a stand mixer bowl combine 2 1/4 tsp instant quick rise yeast with 1 cup warm  water and 1 tsp sugar and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it gets foamy (like the above picture)

(my camera died, so I don’t have any pictures for the next two parts.)

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt (it called for sea but we didn’t have any so I just used regular) and roughly combine with dough hook, then fit the hook and bowl onto the mixer and knead on medium/low for about 5 minutes. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, you may be able to mix/knead by hand) Dough should feel smooth, not sticky  (Mine was a little sticky, so I just brushed a little flour on it)

Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450°F and grease a baking sheet (Or cover it in parchment paper)

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After the 30 minutes it should look something like this
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Put the dough on a lightly oiled surface (original recipe said a countertop, as you can see I used a cutting board) and cut into 8 pieces (rubbing a little oil on the knife helps it to cut the dough a bit easier)
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Roll each piece of  dough into long ropes and form the pretzel shape; This was a little harder than anticipated, because the dough is pretty stretchy, every time I let go of it it would go back to being thick…

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 a cup warm water and 1 tbsp. baking soda and microwave  it for 1 minute.

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Dip the pretzels in the baking soda  mixture, place on baking sheet and sprinkle with course sea salt. (again, I didn’t have any, so I used kosher salt)  Let them rest for 10 minutes
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Bake for 9-10 minutes until they’re golden brown
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The original recipe said to brush with 3 tbsp. melted butter, but I only used 1 tbsp. Anyway, brush them with some melted butter. 😛
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Enjoy while they’re hot!!
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Look at  that buttery, bready goodness….

 

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YUM!!

 

 

Original recipe: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/hot-buttered-fluffy-pretzels/

 



 

Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:

for the dough:

  • 2 ¼ tsp instant quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

for the topping:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • course sea salt (Or kosher salt) for sprinkling
  • melted butter

 

Directions:

In stand mixer bowl, combine instant yeast and warm water, and let sit for about 10 minutes until foamy. Add flour and salt. Mix by hand with the dough hook until it’s roughly combined, than fit the hook and bowl onto the mixer* and knead on medium/low for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and not very sticky.

Cover and let the dough rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450° F, and lightly grease a baking sheet with a little vegetable oil, or cover with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Place the dough on a lightly oiled surface. Cut the dough into 8 pieces. (Lightly oiling the knife helps it not to stick)

Whisk together the warm water and baking soda, and put in the microwave for 1 minute.

Roll each of the pieces of dough into long ropes and form into pretzel shapes. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda mixture, and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle each one with course salt, and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Bake for 9-10 minutes until golden brown. Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they’re still hot. Eat and enjoy!

Source: http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/



 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe!

I’ll try to write again soon!

I’m off to have some lunch. 😀

♥ Melanie ♥

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