I just love these things. I can't ever get enough of them so I figured I'd share the recipe with you guys.
- In a small bowl, combine yeast and warm water.
- Let stand for 5 minutes while you prepare the next step.
- In a large bowl, place the brown sugar, 1 cup flour and the yeast mixture (when it is ready).
- Mix well.
- Then, stir in enough of the all-purpose flour to make a soft dough.
- Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes.
- Cover and let rest 20 minutes.
- Cut dough into 12 pieces.
- Roll each into a 12-15-inch long rope and shape into pretzels.
- In a shallow bowl, add 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup water.
- Dip each finished pretzel shape quickly into water, shaking off excess.
- Place immediately on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt (if desired).
- Bake at 475 degrees for 6 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from pan quickly and serve with melted butter brushed on top, or with your favorite dip.
After trying an Aunt you know who copycat recipe, I changed my mind and have updated my review of this recipe. With with a little modification of this recipe I will be using this one from now on. Use a total of 3 1/2 cups of BREAD FLOUR. to make your dough and it should come out alright. 5 star taste minus one star for the fouled up instructions. It also turns out just as good if you skip steps 1 & 2 and just throw all of the dough ingredients into a bread machine and run it through the "first rise" cycle, remove the dough and then divide, dip, and bake as instructed.
Old review below:
Complete and total disappointment. The ingredients list calls for TWO cups of BREAD FLOUR. The instructions state to use ONE cup of flour at first and then add enough ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR to make the dough soft. All-purpose flour was never called for in the ingredients list. I had to wing it after using both cups of the original bread flour and ended up with a gooey mess of frustration. I ended up adding about another cup and a half of bread flour to get usable dough out of this mess. Once I had come up with a nice lump of dough and formed up my pretzels, they actually came out of the oven smelling and tasting very good. I'm not a professional cook and "winging it" is not something I had in mind when I told the kids that we were going to make pretzels. One star for the recipe after eating a nice warm pretzel and calming down. I'll keep the other four stars for myself since I had to make this mess work with my hands covered with something that resembled hot used bubblegum.
First time I made pretzels and they came out great. Easy to do. Thanks
This is a great recipe. Like other reviewers, it needed more bread flour and water to balance out the mixture. The dough should be a little tacky; I used a stand mixer with a dough hook to mix. On a second run I added 1/2 a cup of brown sugar to up the sweetness a little bit and oh boy were they good. Try a cinnamon-sugar mixture with the butter topping OR coil the strips and use the roll-like shapes after cooking as a burger bun...SO GOOD!