|Here's my yummy soft pretzels!|
|Soft Pretzels took some time but were easy to make, and VERY light and soft.|
|My dough mixed up and ready to cover.....|
|Add the rest of the flour and some dough enhancer. Knead for a few minutes.|
|The Dough Enhancer makes bread softer and doughier. You can get it from Bosch bread making supply store. They were easy and yummy and kinda fun!|
1 package instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons melted BUTTER
1 teaspoon dough enhancer (optional for softer pretzels)
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Mix, knead, let rise for an hour, then roll out and make your pretzels. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake for 6 to 7 minutes at 425 degrees.
|Now we are ready to roll the pretzel dough out.....it has puffed up quite a bit....|
- Always use less flour to start on any bread recipe. Then slowly add in by cupfuls. This dough was smooth, not really very sticky at all.
- Then place dough ball in an oiled pan and cover for an hour to let it rise. Then I rolled it out on my surface. Make a big rectangle shape. My dough was about 1/2 inch thick, maybe a little less.
|I rolled pretzel dough into a rectangle.....|
- Get your pizza cutter and cut the dough down the middle, then 2 more times to make 4 sections. Then cut each section into 3 or 5 strips, depending upon how large or small you want your pretzels.
|Cut Soft Pretzel Dough into 4 sections with a pizza cutter, and then cut each section into 5 skinny strips....to make 20 pretzels.|
Here were my ingredients....and my cute new RACHEL RAY PAN! It is oval, and orange, with a soft, rubber handle and with a pour spout. SO CUTE right? I love her stuff! I got it on sale at J. C. Pennys! Only $15 bucks and I had a 20% off coupon if I opened a charge (yes I'm a sucker for a coupon!).
- (Mix a bath of 5 cups hot water to 1/3 cup baking soda in a deep fry pan. Set on warm on stove for after pretzels are made and formed.)
|I mixed up the baking soda and water hot bath....left it on low on the stove and then formed my pretzels....|
|They take less than a minute each in the hot water bath...just like a bagel!|
|I played with my dough making all kinds of shapes....it would be so fun for kids to do too!|
|Roll it, flip it twice around, then turn each end up and pinch...|
To roll them I made a long snake, 12 to 16 inches long, and then make make a loop, then twist it once again and take the tails and flip them up to the round loop and press them down. Then I turned each one over.
|Soft Pretzels. That's it!|
Then drop them in the baking soda and hot water bath....just for like 45 seconds each...
|Pick pretzels up with a slotted spoon and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it..|
|More playing with soft pretzel dough....lol.....|
|Oh boy is this fun! I got about 3 cookie sheets full...About 20 pretzels....|
- Top each pretzel with a sprinkle of kosher salt before baking. (not much, or too salty!)
|Sprinkled on the salt....|
|Then ready to bake!|
- Bake in 425 oven for 5 1/2 to 71/2 minutes. Watch them as each oven is a little different. My top shelf cooked them faster than my bottom shelf too, so I had an extra minute on the lower shelf of pretzels.
|Here they are just hot out of the oven....soft and yummy....If you like them hard on the outside just do an egg wash and cook them a bit longer in the oven...they will have a stiffer, smooth and chewy outside.....|
|Add the melted butter on with a silicone brush....|
- When they come out of the oven brush them with melted butter and a silicone brush. EAT! They are lightly crisp on the outside and buttery chewy inside. Yummy! The hubs loved them! He loves anything salty.
|Oh yeah....that's what I'm talkin about! I brought them to my classroom the next day|
for our little cast party....we are doing 4 little fairy tale plays....I brought O.J. to go with them...yum!
- Dip them in chili, or light cream cheese, or cinnamon and sugar or just plain. Next time I'll try putting a 1/4 slice of hot dog inside each one and make pretzel dogs! That would go great with mustard. mmmm.........