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Sara's Soft Pretzels

Course Bread
Author Sara

Ingredients

  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • cup warm water
  • cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup water
  • cup baking soda
  • melted butter
  • sea salt

Instructions

  • Dissolve yeast in water with honey. Let sit ~10 minutes until foamy. If your yeast doesn’t foam, it is dead; try again. Mix flour and salt in bowl, and make a well in the center. Add yeast, honey, and oil. Mix slightly and add remaining water. Stir until fully mixed and then knead on floured surface until a sticky dough forms. Let rise in warm place (in an oiled bowl if you like for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F. Mix water and baking soda and set aside. Punch down dough and return to floured surface. Divide into 6-8 balls. Roll each ball into a long snake and shape into pretzels. Dip pretzels in baking-soda water and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 min. or until golden brown. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt upon removal.

Notes

This is scaled down by 1/2 from the original; we didn’t really need 16 pretzels. I used 2 cups white flour and 1/2 cup wheat, and baked at 200° C. We sprinkled ours with poppy seeds and sesame seeds before baking.
May 2013