Soft Pretzels. Better Than Any Street Vendor’s!

Soft Pretzels Renaissance-Table2In high school, the Renaissance Faire was something I looked forward to every summer. Walking on the dusty paths with a dried floral wreath in my hair and passing the traditional booths selling their wares, I couldn’t wait for the food…and there was some good food!

What I remember most were the soft pretzels. We’d brave the heat searching the fields for the lady carrying hooks and pegs, all loaded with the huge salty twisted knots!

Best when smeared with mustard, these doughy delights can be made any size. Whether miniature or grand, make plenty, because the Renaissance Faire won’t be in town for several months and the pretzel shop at the mall…no comparison!Soft Pretzels Sir-K-Products1For a yummy delight try Sir Kensington’s Spicy Brown Mustard…see, there’s even a picture of a pretzel on the label!Soft Pretzels

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Soft Pretzels

Makes 6 pretzels
Author Debbie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast, 2-1/4 teaspoons
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 Tablespoon water
  • pretzel salt or kosher salt
  • Spicy Brown Mustard, our favorite brand is Sir Kensington's

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the dough hook attached, mix the milk, yeast and both sugars.

  2. Add the flour, salt and butter and mix for about 2 minutes until the dough starts comes together.

  3. Increase the speed to medium and knead for about 5 minutes, pausing to pull down the dough off the hook. 10 minutes if kneading by hand.

  4. Oil a large bowl. Set aside.

  5. Gather dough into a ball and place it into prepared bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm, draft-free area to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

  7. Line two cookie sheets with parchment, and set aside.

  8. Bring the 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large saucepan.

  9. Transfer dough to flat work surface and cut into 6 equal pieces.

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  10. Working with one piece of dough at a time, keep the rest covered with a kitchen towel so it won't dry out.

  11. Working from the center of each piece of dough, roll the into a long rope about 2 feet by ½ inch wide.

  12. Lift each end and lift up to create a "U".

  13. Cross the 2 ends twice, like a twist, and lower the ends of the dough back down towards the bottom to create the pretzel shape. Press ends lightly to stick.

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  14. Place the pretzels on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  15. Slowly lower the pretzels into the boiling water, one by one, for 30 seconds

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  16. Remove them from the water using a flat spatula. I blotted them quickly onto a paper towel to soak up a bit of the water. Return back to the cookie sheet.

  17. Brush with mixture of egg yolk and water and sprinkle with salt.

  18. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. You'll love the smell!!!

  19. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

  20. Serve with your favorite mustards or dipping sauces.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from a combination of delushious.com and Alton Brown foodnetwork.com.

Gr8 Tips:

• Freeze any leftover pretzels in a freezer plastic bag or freezer safe container. Thaw before reheating in a 350ºF oven.

• Roll ropes of dough in cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.

• Instead of sprinkling with kosher salt, try sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds or Parmesan cheese.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Brenda Perlin | 7th Jan 16

    I could eat these every day. Thanks for sharing. Yummy.

    • Debbie | 14th Jan 16

      Hi Brenda! The smell of these in your own oven and not under a heat lamp at a mall or on a cart….Mmmm Mmmm, good! And with your favorite dipping sauce or Sir Kensingtons mustard…I think I need to make some more this weekend!

  2. Claudia Kerns | 7th Jan 16

    Will gluten free ingredients work?

    • Debbie | 14th Jan 16

      Hi Lon! I am sure that the gluten free ingredients will work! Give it a go and let us know how they turn out! If we try it before you get a chance to, we will tell you all about it for sure! There’s nothing better than homemade instead of microwaved and heated under a warming lamp at a mall, right?!

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