Sunday, September 25, 2005

Yesterday afternoon I decided to try a recipe from my latest Cooking Light magazine. They came out a little too chewy for me. My son wasn't too excited with me because he said "In the mall they don't boil them!" I may try to make them again by just baking them. See if he is on to something. We don't like the salt on the pretzels here at our house so we just buttered them. I sure did have a lot of fun making them though. They do however come out small. If you make the amount shown below they are a little smaller than the palm of your hand. (Unless I didn't make them right!) But they are good. Today I am hoping to make a Lasanga for my family. Until then!

Soft Pretzels

1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (about 14 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
6 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon water
1 large egg
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a large bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 3 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes). Add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Divide dough into 12 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll each portion into an 18-inch-long rope with tapered ends. Cross one end of rope over the other to form a circle, leaving about 4 inches at end of each rope. Twist the rope at the base of the circle. Fold the ends over the circle and into a traditional pretzel shape, pinching gently to seal. Place pretzels on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 10 minutes (pretzels will rise only slightly).

Combine 6 cups water and baking soda in a nonaluminum Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer. Gently lower 1 pretzel into simmering water mixture; cook 15 seconds. Turn pretzel with a slotted spatula; cook an additional 15 seconds. Transfer pretzel to a wire rack coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining pretzels.

Place pretzels on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg in a small bowl, stirring with a fork until smooth. Brush a thin layer of egg mixture over pretzels; sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until pretzels are deep golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 pretzel)

Source: Cooking Light Magazine October 2005


Jeff said...

Those pretzels look great!

crystal said...

Wow, sis! Homemade pretzels? Your family's spoiled. :) You can send them to me, I won't mind if they're chewy.

Anonymous said...

I have had good results making pretzels by skipping the boiling. Just dip the dough in the baking soda/hot water solution, the place on baking sheet. proceed as in recipe

Chloe said...

That is funny... that is my next adventure I think. They looked like a lot of fun!