Crack... I mean soft pretzels


Katy of Sugarlaws could not have spoken words more true when she said she could not convey just how good these pretzels are. I must equate them to crack... because they are that addictive. The best part is these aren't illegal and are a FAR FAR FAR better and more accessible option then drugs haha. I printed her recipe straight away (i changed a few things which I wrote out in my version below) and promised myself I would make them soon, last night was the night and I fear I will be making these more often then I really should for my waistlines sake. I mixed her recipe up a bit by doing a combo of whole wheat and bread flour to make them a little "better" for ya. I ate 3 of the 6 last night, set one aside for my roomie and devoured the other two this morning.... yes I know I have chowing problems... you may have noticed the title of this blog... ahhh it all comes together now doesn't it ;)

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels
INGREDIENTS:
1 tsp active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
1/3 cup warm water
3/4 cup bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp bread enhancer
1 tbsp splenda blend
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp canola oil

3 tbsp baking soda
1 cup hot water (as hot as your tap can get)
Sea salt or whatever other toppings you want

DIRECTIONS:
Dissolve yeast into water with a pinch of sugar, let stand 10 minutes, until the mixture is creamy colored. Mix the yeast mixture with flour, sugar, salt and canola oil, and knead until combined (a few minutes, not even 5). Let the dough rise in a greased bowl until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. When the dough has risen, pinch off a handful and roll it out into a long strand. Set aside. Repeat with the rest of the dough, about 6 times. Once all the strands are rolled out, pick up the first one and stretch it out again (the gluten will have relaxed and it should stretch further now). Twist it into a pretzel shape and place it on a baking sheet lined with silipat or cooking spray. Repeat with the rest of the strands.

Dissolve baking soda into hot water and stir until dissolved. Quickly dip each rolled pretzel into the mixture and place it back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle all the pretzels with sea salt, to your preference. Bake for about 8 minutes, until pretzels have browned. (Mine took 8 minutes then I dropped the temperature to 350 for an additional 4-5 minutes)

Makes six medium-sized pretzels, but please double or triple this recipe, because they disappear quickly!


You really could add any kind of topping you want, cinnamon and sugar perhaps? Maybe mix in some fresh rosemary or thyme??

I seriously want to make these everynight. They are that easy and that tasty... so worth it!

chow!!

11 chews:

Meg said...

I would love to try these with cinnamon sugar on top! They look delicious!

SCJ said...

I am sooo trying this recipe bcs I love pretzels and you are comparing them to crack and gobbling them up. Haha.

stephchows said...

you both totally have to make these! I've been craving more of them all day!! I think I may need to make some to bring along to VT with me this weekend :)

Katy said...

I've made these so many times since I put the recipe up! My favorite addition is a heaping teaspoon of garlic powder in the dough, with sea salt on top -- so good! yours look amazing!

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I had to make two batches because my first wouldn't rise (water too hot I think). And they still didn't get as fluffy as your picture - but they looked like the "mall pretzels" that the kids like and tasted fantastic - super thumbs up from the whole family (3 kids aged 3 to 9). I didn't really get my baking soda to ever really dissolve either - but seemed to work out ok.

stephchows said...

Erin I'm so glad you liked them, maybe your yeast was half dead? I've had that happen to me before :(

Katy said...

I've made these so many times since I put the recipe up! My favorite addition is a heaping teaspoon of garlic powder in the dough, with sea salt on top -- so good! yours look amazing!

stephchows said...

Erin I'm so glad you liked them, maybe your yeast was half dead? I've had that happen to me before :(

I had to make two batches because my first wouldn't rise (water too hot I think). And they still didn't get as fluffy as your picture - but they looked like the "mall pretzels" that the kids like and tasted fantastic - super thumbs up from the whole family (3 kids aged 3 to 9). I didn't really get my baking soda to ever really dissolve either - but seemed to work out ok.

SCJ said...

I am sooo trying this recipe bcs I love pretzels and you are comparing them to crack and gobbling them up. Haha.

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