Friday, August 26, 2011

soft preztels

Who doesn't like a nice soft pretzel as a late night snack?  I do!  When I visit the States I always buy the frozen ones at the store and, at night while obsessively watching HGTV, I throw some in the microwave for a little late night snack.

As I have already stated many times, you just can't find those easy to make snacks here.  But, I did come across a recipe for soft pretzels a while back that looked not overly complicated.  Most recipes that I found required all these steps and there was boiling water involved. 

I was just talking with my friend, Heather, yesterday about the fact that I have to make basically everything from scratch. And, it gets old.  Plus, there are some things that I want but making them requires not only making the item from scratch, but even some of the ingredients from scratch.  That just makes it too much work.

But, this particular pretzel recipe is simple and fast.  Well, as fast as a yeast dough recipe gets.  I don't time myself, but I would say in an hour or less you could be enjoying a soft pretzel.  AND, you can make a bunch and freeze the rest.  Then all you need to do is heat them in the oven or if they are small enough, through them in the toaster.

I got the recipe a few years back out of an email that had all these copycat recipes.  This one is supposedly a Auntie Ann's Pretzel.  I don't think I have ever had one so I can't compare.  But, the fact that I can't find any soft pretzels were I live, this one is awesome!


1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/8 tsp. active yeast
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour (I use all purpose in place of this)
3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. baking soda

To taste:  coarse salt and melted butter

Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.  Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.  Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

while dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with the 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp. baking soda.  Be certain to stir often.

After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape.  Dip pretzel into soda solution and place on greased baking sheet.  Allow pretzel to rise again.  Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden.  Brush with melted butter and coarse salt and enjoy.  (It also suggests sprinkling cinnamon sugar on them.)


Leslie Limon said...

You forgot to mention one very important step at the end of the recipe. *Pack the pretzels in a box and take them with you to the nearest bus station. Hop on the bus and take the pretzels to your friend Leslie, who lives just an hour away! :) (Now your recipe is complete!)

And I SO know what you mean about having to make any and all cravings from scratch! There are days when I still open my fridge or pantry hoping to find something yummy to snack on, that I don't have to make from scratch. :P

Jackie said...

They look delish! We have a store here in GDL that sells giant, soft pretzels and they're not too expensive either. It's located in "La Gran Plaza." Maybe instead of taking a trip to AGS, you guys can come to GDL.

julie said...

That looks awesome. I want to try one!

Tara said...

Those look really really yummy!
Leslie's comment made me laugh... I was thinking, 'Leslie must have made these before, I wonder what was left out of the recipe...'
too funny!