It really isn’t much different that making breadsticks, the only change is the cooking process. You must boil, then bake!
Here are the ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 cup + 6 Tbsp. warm water
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tbsp. oil
I put mine in the bread-maker and allowed it to do the work.
You could mix it in your machine until combined and smooth. Allow to raise for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, or until double.
Divide into twelve pieces, and roll out into long snake. Then make into pretzel shape. Be creative – there is no right and wrong – you are the one eating them!! Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Boil 8 cups water with 4 Tbsp. baking soda. I know, it sounds weird, but it really helps give the pretzel that pretzel taste! Put pretzels in boiling water and boil 30 seconds on each side, turning with a slotted spoon.
Take out and put on prepared baking sheet. I did an egg wash on mine (one egg with a tbsp. water) and then brushed on top. Sprinkle with kosher salt, if you are doing savory pretzels. If you like cinnamon/sugar pretzels, leave off the salt.
Put in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. You really do want it to be brown, as you don’t want a “soggy” middle.
I did my pretzels two ways. One has kosher salt and I served with a jalapeno dip. The others I dipped in butter and cinnamon/sugar and served with honey cinnamon butter.
See this site for another pretzel recipe. I tried the dough on that site, but it didn’t turn out as well. It does have the recipe for jalapeno dip (I would use green chilies next time).
I really enjoyed these! They tasted delicious and even my non-bread loving husband gobbled them up.
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