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Found this on another recipe site (sorry for cheating on the 'zaar) I though I'd add to the Philly recipes. I haven't tried it yet... So we'll see if this is REAL Philly Soft Pretzels...
- In a saucepan, heat milk just until bubbles form around the edge; remove from the heat and stir in brown sugar. Stir until dissolved then set aside. Meanwhile, combine warm water and yeast. Let stand for 3 minutes then add the cooled milk mixture. Beat in flour until smooth. Cover and set aside for 45 minutes to rise.
- Stir down the dough then gradually add flour, baking powder, and salt. Place on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Roll into a 16' x 10-inch rectangle then cut into 1/2-inch wide strips. Roll each strip into a rope and twist into large pretzels. Let rise about 30 minutes.
- Bring a large kettle of salted water to a boil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lower the pretzels gently into the boiling water for about 5 seconds then remove and place 2-inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
- Beat egg and water and lightly brush the pretzel tops. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
HOLY COW, these are AMAZING! I halved the recipe, used a whole packet of yeast, put half the flour in before allowing it to rise, added about 1/4 cup extra water and the remaining flour, salt, and baking soda. Kneaded it, cut it into 10 strips, shaped the pretzels, and followed the rest of the recipe. I brushed them with a well-beaten egg, dusted them with regular salt, and baked for 18 minutes. They came out perfectly, and my boyfriend, daughter, and I ate all but 3. :) Thanks for the recipe!
These are delicious! I skipped the rolling part, and just divided and rolled into ropes. Five stars all the way, from the ENTIRE family. Do you know how rare that is? Thanks for a great recipe! I don't know how "Philly" they are, but they are good!
I made this recipe and it was awful!! It must have been the unclear instructions on adding the flour. I wasn't sure how much to add in step one and how much to add in step two. Thanks anyway!