Norwegian Almond Pretzels

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 57mins
YIELD: 7 pretzels
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 12
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    teaspoon cardamom (optional)
  • 4
    tablespoons sugar
  • 2
    large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 -4
    cups flour (You want a soft dough, not sticky and not firm, just right!)
  • 3
    ounces raisins (optional)
  • Dipping solution
  • 2
    cups water, with 1/4 baking soda added
  • Glaze
  • 1
    teaspoon almond extract
  • water (start with 1 Tbls. and more until you achieve a smooth consistency but not to thin)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir yeast into warm water and dissolve, add sugar. Wait five minutes to activate yeast. Add eggs and beat in with a whisk. Add first cup of flour with 1/2 tsp.of salt and cardamom, if using. Add remaing cups beat with dough hook on a stand up mixer, or if doing by hand, knead to form a soft dough. Add in raisins if using right at the end of kneading. Grease another bowl, add dough and cover with a tea towel until double in size. Divide dough evenly into 7 balls. Roll out into long strings and form a pretzel knot. Dip into soda water solution and place 4 pretzels onto 1 cookie sheet that has been sprayed with oil. Place the other 3 onto another cookie sheet. Let double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 12 minutes until slightly golden. Cool and brush with glaze and drizzle with sliced almonds. Sprinkle the finished pretzel with powdered sugar.