I used many different sources to develop this recipe including the expertise of Stephen Block who sends out a cooking newsletter called Kitchen Project based on German heritage recipes.
- 1 lb unbleached all-purpose flour (substitute bread flour)
- 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (not necessary with bread flour)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 9 ounces warm water
- boiling water, in a medium heatproof bowl or saucepan
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons coarse salt (more or less according to your preference)
- To make in food processor or large mixer: combine flour, gluten, brown sugar, salt, yeast. Add water until dough ball is formed. (This will take much longer in a mixer than a food processor.) Remove from bowl and knead by hand for 2-5 minutes until dough ball is smooth.
- If you have an extra day, place dough in covered bowl into refrigerator for 8-24 hours; bring to room temperature before rolling out (approximately 25 minutes).
- If making the same day, allow dough to sit on counter top for 5-10 minutes before proceeding.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil water for dipping pretzels.
- Divide dough into six pieces and roll each piece into long thin pieces approximately 24" long. Take each piece and shape into upside down U. Lift up the ends and form a twist in the middle section of the piece. Bring the ends to the top of the pretzel and press into the dough. Proceed with shaping each piece.
- Add baking soda and sugar to boiling water. With large slotted spoon, dip each pretzel into the water solution for 5 seconds. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with coarse salt. Place baking sheet in oven and reduce heat to 425 deg F and bake for 10 minutes. Then turn the sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes until all pretzels are nicely browned.
Delicious Pretzels. The overnight wait is worth it, makes them much softer and fuller. I made a double batch, baked half right away, and put the other half in the fridge for the night. We ate the first batch and the next day made the second, they were superior. Also, the cook time seems a little long, esp. considering we heated each pretzel before we ate. For sharing or future use, we will try baking the first 10 mins, then removing to store/freeze and bake for 10 more mins just before enjoying.
these were SO fun to make! at first i thought the dough was too tough, but dont worry. when you dip the pretzels in the boiling water, they puff right up! also we put cinnamon sugar on them instead of salt