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I have always been a little timid about baking with yeast, but today, I decided to try bake some soft pretzels.  I found this recipe on a food blog that I recently came across. http://www.fifteenspatulas.com. This pretzel recipe is not a difficult one, and the dough only has to prove once, making it a fairly quick task….and I used the mixmaster with the dough hook to save time on kneading.  It wasn’t much more than an hour and the pretzels were in the oven….I just love the smell of baking bread, and from the moment I popped these in the oven, that is exactly what I got.

INGREDIENTS

  • FOR THE DOUGH
    • 2 1/4 teaspoon quick rise yeast
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FOR THE TOPPING
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
    • course salt for sprinkling
    • 3 table spoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the yeast with the water and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and leave for about 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes the mixture should be frothy.  Now add the flour and salt and knead for a couple of minutes.  Then place the dough in the mixer, bowl and using the dough hook,  knead for  about 5 minutes.  The dough is ready when it feels smooth and soft and not very sticky.
  2. Now cover the bowl with a plate and a tea towel and leave for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with baking paper
  4. Place the dough onto a lightly oiled countertop and divided into 8 even pieces.  You can use a knife to make this easy.
  5. Mix the water and bicarb of soda in a shallow bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Now roll each piece of dough into a long rope and shape each one into a pretzel.  Dip the pretzel shaped dough into the bicarb and water mixture and place onto the prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 10 or 15 minutes before popping in the hot oven.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown.  
  8. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush with melted butter and eat while still warm

 

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