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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Soft Baked Pretzels

I grabbed this recipe online quite a while back, intending to make these for a movie night. Well I never got around to it until now. My nephew was talking about getting a soft pretzel at the movies the other night and that sparked the craving. These are so easy to make!! The kneading is the hardest part, LOL. They are soft, chewy and oh so delicious. I served ours with mustard and salsa for dipping. You could even get adventurous and brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan or cinnamon sugar. It's a perfect snack, or pair them with soup or sandwiches for a twist on lunch.


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Soft Pretzels

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast (or 1 Tb)
1 Tb sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour

Add sugar to warm water then sprinkle yeast on top. Let float for a minute then stir to dissolve the yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes as yeast activates and starts to foam. Add salt and flour and knead 5-10 minutes; adding more flour as needed to reduce stickiness. Divide dough in to 12 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope. Twist into pretzel shape and place on nonstick baking sheet. Make an egg wash with one egg and a Tb of water, lightly beaten together. Brush pretzels with egg wash then sprinkle liberally with Kosher salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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