Sunday, February 13, 2011

Homemade soft pretzels

This is the first item on our "To make" list that we've actually made!  D and I had planned on making these before starting the Revolution back at the beginning of January.  Somehow, we ran out of time.. The first weekend after the Revolution was over we decided to tackle these homemade pretzels.  It also happened to be Super Bowl weekend.  They turned out to be much easier then I imagined.  It takes a little bit of time because of the rising and boiling.  The boiling process also made a mess, but it was well worth it!  We will definitely be making these again!!

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites (As found on Two Peas and their Pod)
Adapted from Bobby Flay
Soft Pretzels:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
For the Pretzels: Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Bring the water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and add the baking soda.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. We did about 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching.  Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
  • The recipe said if you wanted cinnamon sugar pretzels, to sprinkle it onto the pretzels after the eggwash.  I don't recommend it... the sugar started to burn and the pretzels weren't done yet!

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