Thursday, January 23, 2014

Big Soft Pretzels

The other day I had a ridiculous craving for a soft pretzel so I scoured the internet looking for a recipe. I finally found one that didn't require too much work, no rise time, and I could tweak to my preferences. It was also fun to make pretzel dogs for lunch. Just use 1/2  dough ball for each full size hot dog, roll into a rope as usual and twist around the hot dog. Cook in water and bake the same as the pretzels. These will make a great Super Bowl treat!

Yield: pretzels 
1 cup water (at 70 to 80 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt2 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon kosher salt
butter *optional*

Preheat oven to 425ยบ.
Place water, flour, honey, yeast and salt in a large bowl.
Mix and knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide into 8 balls.
Roll each ball out into 20-inch ropes and form into pretzel shape.
In a large sauce pan, bring water and baking soda to a boil.
Drop pretzels into water 2 at a time, boil for about 15 seconds.
Remove with slotted spoons and drain on paper towels.
Place pretzles on a greased baking sheet and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Spritz or lightly brush with water or butter.
Sprinkle with salt and Enjoy!

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