Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Yummy Soft Pretzels

Oh, these are good. These are like the pretzels you're willing to pay $4 at the mall for--only with this recipe you can make about an entire batch for that much. If you're feeling brave, you can make the dough ahead of your co-op shift and let the kids shape their own pretzels. If you'd rather not deal with flour on the kitchen floor, shape them yourself ahead of time. In our experience, you can never make too many pretzels. They disappear.

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda
coarse salt
1/4 cup melted butter

Sprinkle the yeast on the 1 1/2 cup of warm water in a mixing bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add sugar and salt, and stir to dissolve. Add flour, and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Allow it to rise for 1/2 hour.

While the dough rises, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups of warm water and 2 Tbs. baking soda. Stir the water often. When the dough has risen, pinch off sections and roll them into long ropes. Shape them into pretzels. Dip the pretzel in the soda solution and place it on a greased cookie sheet. Allow the pretzels to rise again. Bake them at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes. After you pull them out of the oven, brush them generously with melted butter, and sprinkle coarse salt on top. 

Topping Ideas:
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Nacho cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pesto

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