Friday, July 22, 2011
We had a playdate on Tuesday and we made yummy soft pretzels with the kids. I had to dust off the archives to find this one, since I haven't made them since the good 'ol Home Ec days. I would call them easy, but with a lot of steps. It sure was a crowd pleaser!
Homemade Soft Pretzels
1 package dry yeast
1-1/3 cup warm water plus an extra 2 Tablespoons
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 cups flour
1/2 baking soda
water for boiling
sea or kosher salt for sprinkling
3 T. melted butter
Optional: Cinnamon sugar, mustard, nacho cheese, or pizza sauce are all nice toppings.
Dissolve the yeast in the 2 tablespoons of warm water. Add remaining 1-1/3 water and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve. Gradually add 5 cups of flour. and mix in a mixer with a dough hook attachment. Mix until dough forms into a ball.
Continue to knead ball until smooth. Pinch off dough into golf ball sized chunks. Roll the dough into a long snake. Twist into a pretzel shape.
Lower the pretzel into the soda water and allow to boil for 30/60 seconds (or until it floats.) Remove from water and place on a greased cookie sheet. Spread with melted butter and top with salt, if desired.