Friday, February 16, 2007

Twisted Friday Fun

I've seen a recipe for homemade soft pretzels floating around The Nest for quite some time now and each time I wanted to make it I was out of yeast. After re-stocking on Wednesday I decided today that it was a good time to finally try it out! It was amazingly easy to get mixed together and it didn't take long to knead the dough - it came together very easily. By the second batch I had even gotten the hang of shaping the pretzels like a pro at Auntie Anne's!

These are great fresh out of the oven dipped in mustard or melted cheese. Another Nestie also enjoyed her's dipped in Nutella! If you make a big batch like I did, throw the extras in a freezer bag and just pop one in the microwave when you're ready for a snack.

Below are some pictures and the recipe. It's super easy to double this recipe (which I did).

1 tsp dry yeast (the doubled recipe would use 1 full packet of yeast)
1 T. hot water
2/3 cup warm water
2 T. and 2 tsp brown sugar
2+ cups flour
coarse kosher salt
baking soda
shortening or butter

1) In large mixing bowl mix 1 T. HOT water and 1 tsp yeast. Mix until yeast dissolves completely.

2) Stir in 2/3 cup WARM water.

3) Stir in 2 T. and 2 tsp brown sugar.

4) Slowly add 2 cups flour, stirring constantly. Contuine stirring until the mixture is smooth and does not stick to the sides of the bowl.

5) Lightly flour counter. Dip your hands into extra flour. Knead the dough until it is stretchy and smooth. (Push it down and away from you with the palms of your hands, turning the dough as you work)

6) Grease cookie sheet(s) well with butter or shortening. Sprinkle greased cookie sheet(s) with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 475.

7) Using liquid measuring cup fill a large saucepan at least 1/2 full of water. For each 1 cup of water, add 1 T. baking soda.

8) Divide the dough into 16 equal sized pieces.

9) Using the following 4 steps shape each dough ball into a pretzel shape...
-- Roll the dough into a rope 14" long and as thick as your thumb. Bend the dough into a U shape.
-- Cross one end of the rope over the other one. The ropes should cross about three inches from the tips.
-- Twist the crossed ends, making a full turn. Fold the ends back, towards the middle of the U.
-- Open the ends slightly to form a pretzel shape. Press the ends into the dough firmly.

10) Bring water in saucepan to a gentle boil (not too many bubbles)

11) Use pancake turner to lower each pretzel into the saucepan. Count slowly to 30. Then lift the pretzel onto the greased and salted cookie sheet (shaking off excess water back into the saucepan). Repeat until all the pretzels are done.

12) Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the pretzels and put them in preheated oven. Bake for 8 minutes or until the pretzels are golden.

Source: Nestie Krashed24


Carrie said...

I have seen this on the nest over and over. But the picture made it pass! I will be making these this week!

Krashed24 said...

They are making me drool! I might go make some now. I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe and I feel important that my recipe is in someone's blog. ;)
* Amber

kayte said...

you are going to have to teach me how to make them look that pretty. i think i make mine too small. i need to practice! you're such a a great cook!