As I promised last week, here is the pretzel recipe!
Since the first time I made these pretzels, I have made them at least once a week. It's been almost three months. Ridiculous, I know. It was hard actually getting a picture of them because I either made them later in the night (poor lighting), or we just ate them too quickly.
I typically will make them for dinner along with a veggie or side.
I really don't serve anything else with them unless it's a yummy dipping sauce.
They don't even make it to a plate.
Now I want a pretzel! Seriously, I couldn't talk these up more. They are slightly chewy on the outside and completely soft and heavenly on the inside. No need for going to the mall ever again. Because let's face it...who goes to the mall anymore? And when you do it's either for two things. Soft pretzels or an Orange Julius. Or for the Gap...but even then you can shop online!
Soft and Chewy Salted Buttered Pretzels
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 TBSP light brown sugar
2 tsp yeast
4 TBSP canola oil, divided
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 - 5 cups all purpose flour
10 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 whole egg
1 TBSP cold water
Coarse Kosher salt
4 TBSP butter, melted
Proof the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer by adding the yeast, 1 1/2 cups water and sugar together. Cover with a towel and let it stand for 5-10 minutes until bubbles form.
Add 3 TBSP of oil and salt. Using the dough hook, add in the flour a cup at a time on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 4 minutes.
Remove the dough from the bowl and pour remaining 1 TBSP oil into the same bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Turn to coat with oil. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in size.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large pot bring the 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil.
Using a knife or pizza cutter, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll one piece into a large rope and *twist into a pretzel. Pinch the ends to the bottom of the pretzel. Repeat with remaining pieces. Boil the pretzels, two at a time in the water solution for 45 seconds. Drain with a slotted spoon and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Once all boiled, beat together egg and 1 TBSP water and brush over the tops. Generously sprinkle with salt. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Serve warm.
Watch this helpful (and short) video on how to twist a pretzel. My recipe does not make pretzel this big, but how fun would that be?!!!
Recipe altered from twopeasandtheirpod.com
The ONLY way to make these better is to dip them in homemade pizza sauce. Seriously.
Recipe found HERE.
This recipe is linked up to - Tatertots and Jellow, The Best Blog Recipes, Jam Hands, Mandy's Recipe Box, Be Different, Act Normal, What's Cooking With Ruthie, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, The Party Bunch Link Party