Hot Soft Pretzels
Used with permission from the new cookbook
Grazing by Julie Van Rosendaal
Alterations should be made to fit with your dietary needs. Please
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Hot Soft Pretzels. Makes 1 dozen pretzels.
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp)
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F–110°F)
1 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
extra flour, for dusting work surface
1/2 tsp baking soda
coarse sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling
- In a large bowl combine yeast, half the brown sugar, and 1/2 cup water and let stand 5 minutes until foamy.
- Add remaining sugar and water and stir well.
- Add 1 cup of flour and the salt and stir until well blended.
- Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand until incorporated.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 5–7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
- Transfer to a bowl, cover with a tea towel, and let stand in a warm place for 40 minutes.
- Dust your work surface with flour.
- Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll into long, 1/2-inch-thick ropes.
- Shape into pretzels, pressing ends to secure the dough.
- Cover with a tea towel and let rise on the countertop or on a baking sheet for 20–30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and stir in the baking soda. Drop the pretzels into the boiling water a couple at a time and cook for 1 minute, then flip and cook on the other side for a minute.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer pretzels to a baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake for 10–12 minutes, until golden.
- Serve warm, on their own, or drizzled with mustard.
- Per pretzel:
- Calories 150
- Total fat 0.6 g
- saturated fat 0.1 g
- monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
- polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
- Protein 5.1 g
- Carbohydrates 31.8 g
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Fiber 3.3 g
- Calories from fat 4%
- Olive and Garlic Pretzels
- Pulse 1/2 cup kalamata olives, 2 cloves garlic, and, if you like, 1 anchovy fillet in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to the yeast mixture along with the flour.
- Pizza Pretzels
- Instead of sprinkling with salt, brush unbaked pretzels with tomato sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
Like bagels, boiling these pretzels for a minute before baking them gives them a chewy texture. The dough can be rolled into ropes and twisted into any shape, making this a fun project if you have kids around.
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