Sunday, April 18, 2010
I would have put this recipe for pretzels in the previous post, but it was kinda long already. So, here the recipe for the tasty, delicious pretzels pictured above.
1 1/2 c warm water
1 pkg yeast
1/3 c brown sugar
5 c flour
Mix yeast into warm water and let yeast soften. Add brown sugar, then add flour slowly, mixing well to incorporate. The dough in the end should be relatively soft and not too sticky.
Pinch off golf-ball sized pieces and roll into ropes. Twist ropes into pretzel shapes. Place shaped pretzels onto a floured surface and cover with a tea towel or greased saran wrap and allow to rise for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Make a solution of 1 tbsp baking soda to 1 c water in a pan and bring to a boil. Boil pretzels for 30 seconds and place on a well greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt while still wet (we used sea salt and it works okay, though it's harder). Bake pretzels at 475 for 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
If you have any leftovers, store in a paper bag as an air-tight container will ruin the texture of the crust.