Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
These are just like the one's you buy in the mall. Found this recipe in "Breads and Soups" booklet, I received from my swap partner Cathy. These are easy and really good.
- 3 3⁄4-4 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 1⁄2 cups very warm water (120deg to 130deg)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup water, to use for the 'pretzel wash'
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- coarse salt
- In a large bowl Mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add 11/2 cups warm water and the oil. Beat with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute scraping sides frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 5 min or until dough is smooth and springy. Cover and rest for 10 minute.
- Heat oven to 425°F
- In a shallow bowl, mix 1 cup water with the baking soda, to make "pretzel wash". Divide dough into 16 equal parts. Roll each piece into 24 inch long ropes. Form into pretzel shapes or whatever shape you would like. Dip into pretzel wash and place on greased cookie sheet and let rest for 5 minutes, or until fluffy or slightly fluffed (depending on how soft you want the pretzel).
- Just before baking, brush with reserved pretzel wash and sprinkle course salt.
- Other toppings:.
- Cinnamon-sugar-Brush hot pretzels with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Parmesan-Herb Topping- Mix 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Brush hot pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with cheese mixture.
- One tip I learned, after making this. If you don't want the salt to dissolve during storage of the baked pretzels. Just bake them without the salt, then moisten them slightly and sprinkle with salt when you are ready to eat them. Otherwise, a few days in a zip lock bag will cause the salt to disolve. I learned this after first posting this. Had to come back to edit.
These are delicious! I love that you don't have to boil them and they still taste like you bought them from the mall! I used wheat flour, (we grind our own) as I didn't have any storebought. It would probably taste more "normal" if I used white flour. (the wheat has a taste of its own) Thanks for posting!
The pretzels came out great but the directions don't match up to the ingredients list which was confusing. I'm not sure where the 8th of a cup very warm water comes into play when it says you need 1 1/2 cups warm water in the recipe directions themselves. I just followed the amounts stated in the directions. I used quick(breadmaker) yeast because I find the normal yeast doesn't always dissolve well into the dough when added directly to the flour without softening.
These were a lot of fun to make. Next time, I think that I'll let the dough rise longer. I made them with cinnamon and sugar and they tasted great! Thanks for the recipe.