Today I decided I would embrace the inner carny in me, and whip up a batch of soft pretzels (or my inner German ancestry) I am not quite sure. Either way, I am glad I did – so I can now enjoy my spoils. Soft pretzels are so yummy with their delicious chewy exterior and soft scrumptious interior. Who doesn’t love a soft pretzel!?! I like to embrace the inner child that still lives inside of me, and make fun novelty treats. Maybe I enjoy them so much because when I was a child I was rarely allowed to indulge in unhealthy treats. However, I will hearken back to my adult mantra of “everything is alright in moderation”. I am sure in the near future I will be posting all sorts of carnival and street foods, because they are just so gosh darn quirky and fun. I enjoy making this recipe because it reminds me of many happy times playing with play doh with my children. This is also a bread machine recipe, but you can still make it if you do not have one just follow basic dough making principles. Enjoy!
For the pretzel dough:
2 1/4 teaspoon Bread machine yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups flour
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 quarts water
1/3 cup baking soda
1 egg white, beaten slightly
Place pretzel ingredients in the bread machine pan.
Select the dough setting, and let it do it’s thing.
Once done remove the dough and place on a lightly floured surface.
Divide into 6 equal parts.
Roll each out into a 18-20 inch rope. Form into a pretzel shape. Tuck overhanging ends down underneath the pretzel.
Place pretzels on a greased sheet pan. let rise for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat your oven to 425°F.
Place 2 quarts water and 1/3 cup baking soda in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Place pretzels one at a time in the water bath 10 seconds on each side.
Remove and place back on the greased sheet pan.
Brush egg white on the top of each pretzel and sprinkle with coarse salt. Or leave plain. If you want you can bake them plain and dip in butter then dredge in cinnamon sugar when they come out of the oven.
Bake for 8 minutes rotating the pan halfway through the cook time.
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