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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Yesterday I made homemade soft pretzels, the recipe is courtesy of the blog “Girl Versus Dough” which is really what it felt like.

First I started by pouring 1 1/2 cup of warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer, then I added 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remember, active dry yeast this part is very important, I learned that from Alton Brown the ultimate  in food science.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

While writing this post and looking at the weird foaming liquid I thought to myself, “I wonder if anyone looks at the pictures and totally freaks out like I do because my product doesn’t look exactly like the picture”. Guess what, this is my first time making pretzels. I know that your dough may not look exactly like mine but I had no clue what I was doing so it probably shouldn’t.

Now use a wooden spoon ( Yes, it must be wooden) or the dough hook attachment on your kitchen aid and stir in 4 cups of flour on LOW speed, trust me high speed with flour in the bowl is not good. Now add in 4 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 teaspoons of salt and mix until the dough forms.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Now transfer the dough onto a well floured surface and knead by hand for 10 to 15 minutes adding an additional 1/2 cup of flour, or if you are lazy  (like me) use the dough hook attachment and knead the dough on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes.

Shape the dough into a ball (more or less) and place into a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a tea towel and let it double in size for one hour.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Shape the dough into about 8 even (again, more or less) balls and roll each ball into a log.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Shape your pretzels how ever you like (wacky shaped pretzels are my favorite) and fill a pot full of boiling water and 2/3 cup of baking soda and dip them for 30 seconds at a time.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Again don’t worry if your pretzels look like they just came out of a sci-fi movie, so do mine.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

 

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Bake your pretzels (again wacky shapes are highly encouraged) at 450 degrees on a baking sheet lined with sprayed parchment paper for 12 to 14 minutes.

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Brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with salt while warm and enjoy the maybe less than adorable pretzels!

Homemade Soft Pretzels

 

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

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