Thursday, July 21, 2011
I love soft pretzels. Always have, always will. My kids love soft pretzels...even He-Who-Shall-Not-Eat-Anything. I have made soft pretzels once before...it went ehh, so-so.
I ran across this recipe in my pinterest-ing. This last Sunday I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to make some. This recipe was easy to follow. As time consuming as homemade pretzels normally are (which is normal to longish).
They were delightfully chewy, buttery, salty, and warm right out of the oven. We just kept popping them in our mouths. One, two, five, ten....um and so on. They boys had them for lunch. Then for an after church snack. Then the next day for breakfast (yep, they are good the next day too).
Just looking at these pictures makes me want to whip out another batch. Sigh. Kitchen being packed up...so no go on that. I will longingly wait until Idaho.
But, hey good news...you can make some as soon as you want.
Soft Pretzel Bites
from In Katrina's Kitchen
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 cups flour
2 cups water
2 Tablespoons baking soda
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
coarse Kosher salt
In the bowl of a mixer, fitted with dough hook, dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in the warm water. Mix in flour until the dough has come together enough to turn out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. (If you don't have a mixer, you can do all this by hand with a sturdy spoon and then kneading an extra 2-3 minutes) Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 1 hour.
After the dough has risen, cut it into 12 pieces. Let the dough rest for five minutes. Roll each piece into a 2 foot rope. Cut each rope into small pieces.
In a large saucepan, bring the 2 cups of water and the baking soda to a simmer over med heat. In batches, place pretzel pieces in the water. Let them cook in the water for about 20 seconds. Take out and lay them on a greased cooking sheet. Repeat until all the pieces are done. Let them rise for another 15 minutes.
Brush them with melted butter and sprinkle them with salt. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
ENJOY! I mean I know I always say this, but seriously...if you love soft pretzels...you will L.O.V.E. these.