Neujahrspretzel (New Year's Pretzels)

Recipe by Mimi Bobeck
READY IN: 2hrs
YIELD: 2 Pretzels
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130°F).
  • Mix yeast, salt, sugar, and 1 cup flour.
  • Slowly beat into warm milk.
  • Beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs and 1 cup of flour.
  • Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add enough flour to form a soft dough.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl.
  • Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and let rise again until doubled (1 hour more).
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Shape pretzel as follows: roll dough into a rope about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Cross the ends leaving a large loop in the center.
  • Flip loop back onto crossed ends to form a pretzel.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place pretzels on greased baking sheets.
  • Let rise 15 minutes more.
  • Bake at 375°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Mix confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla to form a thin icing.
  • Spread icing on pretzels and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
  • Makes 2 large pretzels.
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