My daughter kept on begging me to buy the soft pretzels she sees in the Mall. Sure, they taste great, but they also cost a lot. So I set out to search the Internet for a recipe that I could make at home. I collected about half a dozen or so and read through them very carefully to see what they had in common and what made them different. Then I started to expriement.
I ended up using my pizza dough recipe, but increased the sugar by one tablespoon. They are soooo yummy.
Here is my final version it makes 8 pretzels:
|1 cup water
- heat in microwave for 50 seconds
|1 tsp salt
3 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP dry yeast
1 TBSP oil
- Place salt, sugar, yeast and oil in foodprocessor and add luke warm water and 1 cup of the flour and process to mix
|2½ cups flour
- Now add another cup flour and mix. Keep on adding flour until they dough doesn’t stick to the blade any longer.
- Remove from food processor bowl and place in a greased bowl and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. (I usually put it in the microwave for 11 seconds and leave it in there
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 425°F
- Put oven tray in top most rung!!! (This way the pretzel will brown nicely).
- After dough has risen, punch down and knead to get all the air out.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces and place on a floured board or dough will stick where it is.
- Roll into a ball and then into a long skinny rope and shape into a pretzel.
- Place shaped pretzel on a floured board.
- IN THE MEAN TIME HEAT THE WATER AND BAKING SODA
|4 cups water
2 TBSP baking soda
- Bring water and baking soda to a boil and reduce to simmer.
- Place each pretzel with a slotted spoon in the water/baking soda mixture. Flip pretzel as soon as it comes to the surface and place on a board to dry a little.
- Transfer pretzel to baking tray
|1 egg beaten
- Brush each pretzel with egg wash.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired (I found that if the pretzels are not eaten immediately and put in a plastic bag, the salt will melt and disappear. The pretzel will turn out to be very salty this way).
- Place in preheated 425°F oven on top most level for 12 minutes
- If you store your pretzels in a plastic bag, use the toaster oven to perk them back up and they will taste fresh out of the oven.
Sometimes when I bring them to a potluck, instead of making pretzels I make pretzel bites. I roll out the dough and cut it into about 2-3 inch (5-8cm) pieces and then prepare them just like I would the pretzels. They still taste the same, but now I have finger food.