Perfect Pretzels

If your like me and love those pretzels you get at the shopping centre like Mr pretzels. This is an easy, yummy and cheaper recipe to get those soft delicious pretzels at home.

Ingredients:

1½ cups warm water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons  salt
2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
4½ cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
10 cups water
2/3 cups baking soda
1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water, whisked together (for egg wash)
Vegetable oil

Equipment:

Measuring cup
Baking tray
Medium size pot
Spoons
2 Large bowls

Toppings:Pretty much anything!

If you want something sweet try…
Cinnamon sugar,
Honey,
Melted chocolate

…Or for something savoury add
Course salt for sprinkling,
Cheese

Step 1)

Combine the 1 1/5 cups  water, sugar,salt and the  yeast. And allow it sit for 5 -10  minutes, until the mixture begins to foam.

Step 2 )

Add the butter and flour and mix until mixture is smooth  and doughy.

Step 3)

On a floured surface knead the dough for about 2-3 minutes until dough is soft but slightly firm.

Step 4)

Get a large bowl and oil it down then place dough in it and cover with clim film

Step 5)

Place the bowl with the dough in a warm place for aprox an hour or, until the dough has doubled in size.

Step 6)

Then on a oiled surface separate the dough into equal pieces depending on how small or big you want them  and begin rolling out to the shape you would like.

* for the traditional shape roll out  the pieces into a long roll and form a U then,taking opposite sides of the U cross it over .

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You could also make twisty pretzel sticks

Step 7)

Heat up the rest of the water and the bicarbonate soda into a pan a bring to a boil. Then pre heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Step 8)

Dip each piece of pretzel dough into the water soda mix for about 30 second then,place onto a greased baking pan.

Step 9 )

Egg wash your pretzels and,place into the oven and bake until golden brown for about 12-15 mins.

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My brothers got to them before I could take a pic

Enjoy!

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