Viipuri - Finnish Christmas Pretzel

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READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
YIELD: 1 twist
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat milk with sugar, butter and salt until hot, stir to melt butter and allow to cool until slightly warm, but not hot.
  • Dissolve the yeast in tepid water, add a teaspoon of yeast and a pinch of sugar (if you wish). Set aside in warm place until warm and bubbly.
  • Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, cardamon and nutmeg in mixer bowl.
  • Combine the milk mixture with the yeast and add to the flour. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the egg and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, until smooth.
  • Turn into a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down the dough, turn it out onto a work surface and form into a 32 inch rope.
  • Shape the dough into a huge pretzel. (Form into a circle with two six inch ends curving into the center. Twist the ends together, then press and tuck under the top of the circle). Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover and let rise until almost double, about 30 minutes. Brush with the egg glaze and bake in a preheated 350 deg F oven for about 30 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.
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