Some days are simply made for soft, buttery pretzels and as much as I tried to deny it, the craving just sneaked up on me without a warning. After a whole weekend of daydreaming about homemade pretzels, I finally gave in on Monday morning and made a whole batch. It’s funny because no matter whom you ask 'fancy a pretzel?' most people will say 'yea sure, thanks' and continue on telling you their rather hilarious or embarrassing childhood pretzel related story. We all have one, don’t we? Some involve boys or movies, but one thing for sure: pretzels will always make you thirsty as Kramer pointed out in Seinfeld :) Remember that episode? George's interpretation was my favourite:)
Oh, pretzels, you are soft, chewy, comforting, familiar, underestimated and loveable. Thank you for Monday :) Lovelies when was the last time you had a proper soft pretzel?
And if you fancy making some tonight, here is the recipe:
(Makes 6 smaller or 4 bigger. Recipe adapted from Jeannie Yee via Rachel - Elephantine)
* ¾ cup warm water (110°F)
* 1 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast
* 1 tbsp brown sugar
* ½ tsp salt
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup warm water (110°F)
* 2 tbsp baking soda (for soaking)
* ½ tbsp butter, melted
* coarse kosher salt
First things first, pour ¾ cup warm water into a mixing bowl. Dissolve yeast, brown sugar, and salt into the water and then stir in the flour. When the mixture comes together, dump onto a floured surface and knead for about 5-6 minutes or until smooth. Pour a few drops of olive oil into the mixing bowl; place the dough in, cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rise for 1 hour. When the dough is ready, cut it into 6 pieces and roll each piece into ½ inch thick ropes. Shape the pretzels by forming a U, then twist the ends and flip it over onto itself, gently pressing the overlapping dough to seal. Next, let it rest and rise for 15 minutes. In the meantime, fill a bowl with 1 cup of warm water and add baking soda. Make sure to stir well. Next, soak each pretzel for 30 seconds, flipping over halfway through if not fully submerged. Place each on parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with melted butter and sprinkle coarse salt over the top. Bake at 450°F for 10-18 minutes or until golden brown. Ta dah!
P.S: And here are a few more of my favourite recipes.
P.P.S: Plus, this caramel candy recipe and the scrumptious autumn booster.
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