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October 13, 2014

Soft Pretzels Two Ways

Soft pretzels have been on my to do list for so long that I finally got around to making some.  Anything with yeast in it always gives me a little anxiety, that's why I have been putting them off for so long.  But when I found this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (where else) I had to give them a try.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon which means TV (football) and time to get some baking done.

I made two versions, the classic coarse sea salt as well as cinnamon sugar with a quick glaze to dip in.  Because what fun are things if you can't dip them in sauces........

What you'll need:
 - 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
 - 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of active instant yeast (aka one packet)
 - 1 teaspoon of salt
 - 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
 - 3.75 - 4.25 cups of all purpose flour
 - 1 large egg beaten
 - coarse sea salt
** optional:
 - cinnamon
 - granulated sugar
 - baking soda
 - melted butter

Start by preheating the oven to 425F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dissolve yeast in bowl with warm water, stir until fairly mixed.
Add salt and sugar.
Slowly add flour one cup at a time until you reach 3 cups.
Add flour until the dough is no longer sticky and bounces back when poked.
Knead dough for about 3 minutes, cut dough into 8-10 pieces.
Roll into long ropes of even diameter and shape into pretzels.
** optional: bring 9 cups of water and 2/3 cup of baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels in one by one for 30 seconds each.
Beat egg in shallow bowl or dish and dip pretzels in.
Bake for 10-15 minutes watching closely.

Cinnamon sugar option below:

*** For cinnamon sugar pretzels, mix 1/3 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Do not brush pretzels with egg wash, simply bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, brush with melted butter and dip in cinnamon sugar.  Return to oven for 5 minutes watching closely.
For glaze, mix a little bit of milk with icing sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Now sit back and enjoy your TV show or watch the Green Bay Packers kick some butt.

 Show me if you try out this recipe using #thatflourchild or tag me @rmahxo.
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