Fastenwähe (Carnival Caraway-Seed Pretzel of Basel)

"The Fastenwähe or Fastenwaje is a carnival caraway-seed pretzel. We get to enjoy it in the region of Basel only around this time of year. The Fastenwähe made it's very first appearance way back in the year 1554 in the Swiss Rheinfelden 20 km away from Basel (Switzerland). More about history (in german): http://www.foodnews.ch/x-plainmefood/30_produkte/Fastenwaehe.html"
 
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Fastenwähe (Carnival Caraway-Seed Pretzel of Basel) created by Nif_H
Ready In:
3hrs
Ingredients:
9
Yields:
12 pieces
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ingredients

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directions

  • Mix in a bowl milk, butter, sugar and half of the flour.
  • Add yeast, mix well again and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the flour, the salt and form a soft dough.
  • Make 12 portions and form with each a 15 cm long oval roll.
  • Flat the rolls and make 4 5cm long opposite cuts (as shown in the photo).
  • Toss with your hands and place on your trays (I use 2 of them).
  • Swirl yolk and water together and brush on the breads.
  • Top with caraway seed.
  • Keep for about 2 hours in the cold oven or until they double their volume (keeping a bowl with warm water in the oven helps the breads to rise better).
  • Take out of the oven and preheat the oven at 200°C (heat and timing are basing it on convection oven).
  • Place a fireproof bowl with hot water in the oven and bake the breads of the first tray for 15-20 minutes until golden. Repeat with the other tray.
  • Let cool on a grade end enjoy them.

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  1. Nif_H
    I may not have made the prettiest pretzels (partially due to my bright egg yolk) but they sure are good! My dough wasn't as pliable as it probably should have been but it worked fine. These pretzels do not have the chewy consistency of most pretzels - they are more bread-like. Also, I used 10g of active dry yeast in place of fresh yeast. Made for PRMR tag game. Thanks awalde! :)
     
  2. Nif_H
    I may not have made the prettiest pretzels (partially due to my bright egg yolk) but they sure are good! My dough wasn't as pliable as it probably should have been but it worked fine. These pretzels do not have the chewy consistency of most pretzels - they are more bread-like. Also, I used 10g of active dry yeast in place of fresh yeast. Made for PRMR tag game. Thanks awalde! :)
     
  3. Nif_H
    Fastenwähe (Carnival Caraway-Seed Pretzel of Basel) Created by Nif_H
  4. Dienia B.
    this is my conversion 1 1/16 c milk<br/>1 T sugar<br/>1/2 c butter<br/>4 c flour 2 t yeast 1 t salt the dough was little different ,slow to rise ,could be my house lol i didnt pull them apart enough and they baked together pull them out REALLY wide put a little salt on top too nice bread
     
  5. MomLuvs6
    These are very good. Used food.com measurement converter. These turned out great. Everyone liked them. Made as directed. Thank You. Made for ZWT7~Emerald City Shakers.
     

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