Soft Pretzels

I love pretzels,  it used to be one of my favorite reasons to go to the mall, I would always stop by the pretzel shop.  🙂 This is a simple recipe and they are pretty easy to make. Right at first I had a hard time making them into pretzel shapes, but once you do a couple, you will get the hang of it.  Give them a try!  Wow your friends with homemade pretzels.  I seasoned some with salt, and made of few sweet ones sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 3/4 cup Flour
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 package of fast-acting Dry Yeast
1 1/2 cups Water
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Pretzel Wash:

1 cup Water
2 teaspoons Soda
Coarse Salt

Procedure:

  1. Heat 1 1/2 cups water over medium heat until 125 degrees F.
  2. While water is warming up, in a large bowl, combine the 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast till all combined.
  3. Add the warm water and the oil to the dry mixture, beat with a mixture for 1 minute on low speed.
  4. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.
  5. Stir in the remaining flour until dough is soft, forms a ball and lifts off the side of the bowl.
  6. Lightly sprinkle flour over cutting board, place the dough in center of flour.
  7. Knead the dough by folding towards you, then with the heels of your hands, pushing dough away from you with a rocking motion. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  8. Form dough into a large ball and place plastic wrap or a towel over the dough and let rise for about 15 minutes.
  9. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  10. Spray cooking sheets with cooking spray.
  11. In a shallow bowl combine the 1 cup water and baking soda (pretzel wash).
  12. Divide the dough in half, then in half again and 1 more times.
  13. With your hands roll the dough out into a rope.
  14. To make pretzel shape, form rope into a circle, crossing ends at top. Fold dough so crossed ends rest on bottom of circle.
  15. Stir pretzel wash, brush over both sides of pretzel, using a pastry brush.
  16. Place pretzel on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  17. Cover pretzels loosely with plastic wrap. To make thin pretzels, let rest about 5 minutes or until very slightly puffed. To make thicker pretzels, let rise in a warm place 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed.
  18. Brush pretzels with pretzel wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  19. Bake 1 cookie sheet at a time 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.
  20. Remove from cookie sheets to a cooling rack and cool at least 15 minutes.
  21. Serve warm or cooled.

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