Homemade Pretzels.....they are so easy! If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer or even a bread machine, set it on the dough setting, the dough will come together in minutes. Here's the recipe!
Kitchen Aid Mixer Method
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
2 tsp. sugar
1 cup warm water
In a large mixing bowl combine the above ingredients, whisk together and set aside for about 5 mins until proofed and foamy. This is called proofing the yeast.
After the yeast has become all foamy about 5 mins, to the bowl add the following:
3 cups flour (I didn't use bread flour just all purpose flour)
2 TBS oil
1/4 tsp. salt
Using the dough hook, and on low speed, mix it all together until the dough forms a ball around the dough hook. If the dough doesn't form and the mixture is dry, add 1 TBS water, until it forms the ball. If the mixture is too wet, and looks like a batter, add a little more flour about 1 TBS....this is the "art" of breadmaking and knowing if the bread dough is ready.
Take the dough out and knead for a couple of seconds in your hand. The dough should be soft and not too sticky. If it is sticky, flour your hands before you take it out of the bowl. Put the dough in a large oiled bowl and turn over to coat the dough. Put plastic wrap over the bowl, and let it double in size for about 1 hour.
After about one hour, turn the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured board, and cut the dough into 8 pieces. Roll into about 18 inch ropes.
|My Hubby Rolling the dough into a rope.|
Form a U shape with 1 rope, and twist and form into a big pretzel.
Meanwhile, bring a big pot of water to a boil, add 3 tsp Baking Soda. After the 20 minutes of rising, boil the pretzels for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, being careful when flipping. I used a big slotted spoon.
After boiling the pretzels drain them on a rack for about 2 minutes. Transfer them a greased foiled covered cookie sheet, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake in a 475 oven for about 15 - 20 minutes until golden dark brown. Let cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. So delicious!!!!