August 10, 2017
Some weeks ago, me and my sisters held a picnic at our local park. We had prepared homemade lemonade, pretzels and some sweet treats. White blanket, red plaid napkins, colourful straws and a big basket filled with goodies. I love picnics! It combines friends, good food, nature and a lot of fun. Would you ask for more?
Oh pretzels! Who doesn’t love them? I love buying them at my local bakery. Since I can bake my own, there is no reason running at the bakery anymore! Crunchy, soft with that specific flavor. Combined so well with homemade lemonade or beer…or you can have them just like that!
1 ½ cups of water, lukewarm
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 package of dry yeast
2 tablespoons of melted butter
4 – 5 cups of all purpose flour
6 cups of Water
1/3 cup of Baking Soda
egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)
kosher salt for topping
In a bowl or in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the water, sugar and salt, stir with a spatula and then sprinkle the yeast on top. Let it sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast begins to foam.Add the flour and the butter. Turn the mixer to low and mix until everything is combined. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for about 5 to 7 minutes or until you have a smooth dough. You can use your hands if you don’t have a mixer. Brush the bottom and sides of a bowl with some vegetable oil and put the dough in the oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour. Don’t skip this step cause then the dough won’t rise!
Once the dough has risen, cut it into 12 equal pieces, roll each piece into a rope and make a “U” shape, then press the ends of the rope at the bottom of the “U” shape and pinch the ends, as shown here. Lay 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and brush some vegetable oil on the parchment paper. Place your shaped pretzels onto the oiled parchment paper line baking sheets.
Having formed your pretzels, add the 6 cups of water and the baking soda to a roasting pan and set it over a burner. Turn the heat on to medium and let the water come to a rolling boil. Carefully place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds one at a time. Remove from the boiling water using a flat spatula and put them back on the oiled parchment paper lined baking sheets. Continue to cook all of them. Don’t skip this part cause cooking them in baking soda makes them stable and crunchy.
Then brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle each one with a little kosher salt oe sugar and cinnamon for the sweet ones. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until deeply golden brown in a preheated oven to 200°C.
Sophia from Oh my deer