Food Kryptonite: Pretzels

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 | 7:08 pm

Do you have a food that you love? I mean, absolutely, without a doubt, that you’d eat ANYTIME?

Every since I had my first bite in college, I have fallen head over heels for soft pretzels. They’re soft, warm, salty and go with just about anything.

bar-pretzels

Especially beer. Soft pretzels are a must as a side at any micro-brewery.

Not only are they great to eat, they are easy to make and therefore the perfect party dish. Buy a side of mustard or cheese sauce and you’re good to go.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
Olive oil, for bowl
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel or Kosher salt

    • Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with olive oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
    • Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan.
    • In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel or simply cut into 1″ pieces for pretzel bites. Place onto the parchment/silicone mat-lined half sheet pan.
    • Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Pretzel Bites

They made it about an hour at the party.

 
 
  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica at ThePyreflies

    soft pretzels are sooo good. My sister and I would always buy one when we were at the mall… Now I want one sooo bad… I’ll definitely have to try your recipe!! :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org