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Soft Pretzels

December 10, 2010

It’s the last week of classes this semester and one of my professors recommended we bring in some delicious treats during class.  Since, it seems, I’ve been looking for any excuse not to work on my zillion papers, I figured I’d whip up a batch of the always-a-hit soft pretzels from Philippa Vanstone’s 500 Cookies.  They’re easy, chewy and taste good with nearly any topping or dipping sauce.

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
Sea Salt or Cinnamon Sugar for topping

Mix 4 tablespoons of the flour with the sugar and yeast.  Add the warm water and mix until there aren’t any clumps yet.  Place in a warm place for five minutes.

Add the yeast mixture and butter/margarine to the remaining flour and salt and mix well.  Knead the dough on a floured surface for five minutes.  (If it feels particularly sticky, sprinkle a little extra flour.)  Grease a bowl and put the rounded dough into the bowl.  place the bowl in a warm, dark place (I use the microwave or oven) for thirty minutes.

Divide the dough into 24 pieces.  Twist each piece into a pretzel shape.  (Experiment with this.  Everyone does it a little differently.  I make a circle, twist at the top, and fold it down.)

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place each pretzel on the sheet. (They won’t grow too much, so they can be pretty close together.)  Mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon cold water.  Brush the egg mixture on the pretzels.  Sprinkle the tops with sea salt, cinnamon sugar or any spice mixture you’d like.  I did half the tray with salt and half with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  When the pretzels are cooling, they release a lot of moisture, so it’s best to cool them on a wire rack.

Serve the pretzels on their own, with mustard, hummus, caramel, or any dipping sauce you want!  They’re the perfect party snack or appetizer!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Staci permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:34 am

    Sounds delicious!!

  2. ezra permalink
    December 11, 2010 11:27 pm

    want to make these tomorrow…what temp do you bake them at? thanks!

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