Candid Reflections

March 31, 2008

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Filed under: In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 8:51 am

My bunch loved ’em!  I found this recipe in a cookbook put together by Sonlight Curriculum.  It was submitted by a home-schooling mom named Melanie, the same gal whose cinnamon roll recipe I posted here.      

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Buttery Soft Pretzels

4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 teaspoon white sugar

1¼ cups warm water (110º F)

5 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white sugar

1½ teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½cup baking soda

4 cups hot water

¼ cup kosher salt, for topping

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, ½ cup sugar, and salt.  Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture.  Mix and form into a dough.  If the mixture is dry, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.  Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. 

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Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough into the bowl, turn to coat with oil.  4210blog.jpg

  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about one hour. 

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Preheat oven to 450º.  In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.  

When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a thin rope and twist into a pretzel shape (I didn’t roll mine out very thin so my pretzels required a couple more minutes of baking time.)  Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda water and place onto a greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with kosher salt. 

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Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.  If you made your pretzels fat and chunky like I did, you’ll want to lay a piece of foil on top of them after the first 8 minutes and bake them an additional 2 minutes so they are not doughy in the center. 

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Gobble them up…they are best eaten on the same day!

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2 Comments »

  1. How do eat all this stuff and retain your girlish figure? :o)

    Comment by Mamapua — March 31, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  2. Well Mamapua…I make sure that the timer chimes loud and clear so they all come a-runnin’ when they’re fresh out of the oven. However, by the time they get to the kitchen I usually have one pretzel in my mouth and three in my hands. They have to chase me around the kitchen to get their share – this keeps my legs in shape! Then when they catch me, we play tug of war until they finally pry theirs from my ever desperate grasp – great for the biceps! And of course, the whole time this is going on, I’ve been chewing on my own pretzel – keeping the jaw line nice and sleek. But this is nothing…you should see what happens when I make chocolate cream pie! 😉

    Comment by candid reflections — March 31, 2008 @ 6:12 pm


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