January 28, 2009

The kids thought they'd died and gone to the mall!


It's a difficult task to lose weight when you have a chef in the family. I came home to the smell of these soft pretzels and was amazed by how great they tasted. They are just like the mall pretzels (except Libbie made these sans the butter bath at the end.) This recipe was found in the Food Network Magazine:
1 c. milk
1 pkg active dry yeast
3 T packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 c all purpose flour, plus more for kneading
10 T butter, plus more for greasing
1 t fine salt
1/3 c baking soda
2 T coarse salt
Warm the milk in a saucepan until it's about 110 degrees; pour into a medium bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let the yeast soften, about 2 minutes; stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon. Dice 2 T butter and soften; stir into the mix. Add the remaining 1 1/4 c. flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.
(Let me just interject by saying that if you have a Bosch, just knead it in there.)
Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm place until double, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet. Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope, holding the ends and slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as you stretch. Form each rope into a pretzel shape.
Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups water in a shallow baking dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
Melt the remaining 8 T butter in a shallow dish. Dip the hot pretzels in the butter, turning to coat; place on a wire rack to let excess butter drip off. Serve the pretzels warm.

1 comment:

Lindsey Wood-Felstead said...

Yummy! I love pretzels! These look so good!