11.18.2013

Buttery Soft Pretzels

BUTTERY SOFT PRETZELS
 
 1 cup water (110 deg)
1 pkt dry yeast
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
½ cup water to boil, (I used 2+ cups)
2 Tbsp baking soda
Coarse or kosher salt
Melted butter
 
Dissolve  1 pkt (2-1/4 tsp) of dry yeast in 1 cup warm (110 deg.) water.  Let sit for 5 minutes to make sure yeast blooms.  Add flour, salt and sugar.  Mix to combine for 2 minutes, then knead with mixer or by hand for 5 minutes.
 
 

Dough will be soft, but not sticky.  Lightly flour dough and place in a gallon zip-top bag.  Zip closed and set aside for 30 minutes (I didn't wait this long).   While dough is rising, dissolve baking soda in water and bring just to a boil, then simmer.
 

 
Preheat oven to 450 deg.  Cut dough into 8 pieces.  Roll each into a long rope on a lightly floured surface.  Twist into a pretzel shape.  Drop or dip into the simmering soda water for 30-45 seconds.  Drain, then place on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with kosher salt, or leave plain if you want to put cinnamon sugar on later. 
 

 
Bake at 450 degrees, for about 9-10 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.  If you want sweet pretzels, dust with cinnamon sugar right after brushing with butter.  (If you have a convection setting, I baked them on convection bake at 425 degrees for 6-7 minutes)
 

Store at room temp.  Do not cover or seal or they will get soggy.

I love these, this recipe was from my friend Melissa, who got it from her friend Teresa! My kids and I can't get enough. We even had 'pretzel movie night' last weekend. They are fast and yummy, Enjoy!
 
 

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