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Hot Pretzels for a cold night. Octoberfest!! Grab a beer and enjoy with the topping like mustard or honey! I used to let them harden and give to my children as a teething ring (without the cheese).
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water, 110 degrees
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 2 cups warm water, 110 degrees
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 -4 tablespoons softened cream cheese, put into a pastry bag for filling
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
- 2 tablespoons almonds, roasted & chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, sugar and 1-1/2 cups warm water.
- Place flour and salt in food processor with metal blade and blend by pressing the pulse a couple of times, pour water mixture through feed tube while machine is running until smooth and elastic, about 40 seconds.
- The dough will leave the side of the bowl.
- If dough is too wet add more flour or if too dry add more water.
- Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface.
- Cover, and let rise for one hour.
- Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.
- After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin.
- (if filling with cream cheese roll one 3 foot piece flat. Pipe on cheese leaving edges free (to seal back into a rope) Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution.
- Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt, or cinnamon sugar and chopped roasted almonds.
Wow these were AMAZING! I really liked putting the cinnamon on top, it added the special touch. My granddaughter whose only 12 made these when she at my house and they were easy, fun, and taste great! Thanks for the recipe. I will make these again!
Very good with easy-to-follow directions. My ds and I made these together but just topped them with salt, which is his favorite way to have pretzels. Next time I will try them with cream cheese and the cinnamon sugar topping. Thanks Rita for another great keeper recipe.
Easy and delicious! Thanks for posting.