Homemade soft pretzels!

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Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby Txdragon » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:12 pm

The wife said she wanted a soft pretzel and I've wanted to attempt this project for some time now. I took a swing and hit a home run!
They were certainly a bit of work, but WELL worth the effort.
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Fluffy and soft inside!
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These will most definitely be made again!
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Postby GRailsback » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:39 pm

Those do look really good, did you have any kind of a mustard dipping sauce or anything
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Postby Txdragon » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:43 pm

GRailsback wrote:Those do look really good, did you have any kind of a mustard dipping sauce or anything


For sure. Had a spicy Velveeta cheese sauce made up for them.
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby bsooner75 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:58 pm

Whoa…any chance of getting those delivered for my New Years Day football watching snack? :)


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Postby Williep » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:55 am

That look's really good. :cheers: :cheers:
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Postby OldUsedParts » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:03 am

Is there no limit to that Young Man's cooking/baking ability ? I SAY NO WAY GOURMET - - that looks awesome and very artistically creative also - - - :tup: :cheers: :salut:
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby outlaw » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:06 am

Pretzels is how Guy Fiere got started and look where he is now. Gotta love a good soft pretzel. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Postby Sailor Kenshin » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:22 am

OUTSTANDING! :cheers:

Got recipe? :D
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Postby Professor Bunky » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:46 am

Great looking pretzels and the sauce sounds real good, too!
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby Txdragon » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:15 am

bsooner75 wrote:Whoa…any chance of getting those delivered for my New Years Day football watching snack? :)


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:cheers: how many you want and where are they going? May have some shipping delay though due to the holiday. Lol!

Sailor Kenshin wrote:OUTSTANDING! :cheers:

Got recipe? :D

Absolutely!

Dough:
1.5 cups warm water (110 - 115 deg)
1 TBS sugar
2 tsp kosher salt (I used a tad less due to salting them for baking)
1 TBS active or instant yeast. (I used instant)
22 oz of AP flour (I used 4.5 C bread flour)
2 oz melted unsalted butter (if it's salted butter, adjust your salt by subtracting 1/4 tsp)

Pretzel pre-bake wash:
1 large egg yolk
1 TBS water

Alkaline bath:
10 C water
2/3 C baking soda

Miscellaneous/optional/do-or-die pre-bake salt:
I used an off brand coarse kosher. Pretzel salt is recommended, but may be hard to find. You could make your own with ice cream salt and a food processor!


Activate your yeast if it isn't instant, otherwise, proceed.
Combine all ingredients in mixer bowl and use the hook to mix. When it starts forming a ball, go ahead and up the speed to medium. Let it roll for about 5 minutes. Dough will be smooth with a matte look. Let it rest for about 5 min. Then the proof.. cover and put in a nice, cozy and warm place for about an hour or until dough doubles in size. Then you'll want to bring 10 cups of water to boil with 2/3 c of baking soda. While you're waiting for the water to boil, go ahead and portion your dough into 8 pieces.
Now the fun part.. Each piece must be rolled out to a rope about 18-24 inches. Once you've got that done, it's time to fold that pretzel! Be creative if you'd like, but you'll have to picture and practice this part. Too lengthy to describe for a write up walk through. Lol!
You should go ahead and start preheating your oven to 450 deg at this time (adjust as necessary for altitude).
Now they're made, it's time for their bath! The water should be boiling by now, you'll need to drop each one in for 30 seconds, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or sprayed with non stick spray.
Whisk the egg yolk and 1 TBS water and brush over each pretzel, then sprinkle with your pretzel salt (still an optional step pending your stand on salt intake!)

Now you can put them in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes but.. BUT.. It is imperative you rotate the pan 180 at the 7 minute mark, regardless of your total cook time. You're looking for that deep, dark pretzel color like shown. I hit my mark with 2 min 40 sec remaining on a 14 min timer.

When they come out, I strongly recommend resting them for at least 5 minutes. I learned my lesson the hard way.. OUCH, HOT!!!

If you make them, post it! Let us know how it goes and any questions, feel free to ask!
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby Txdragon » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:20 am

Williep wrote:That look's really good. :cheers: :cheers:

Thanks! They were wonderful! I'm attempting some burger buns with the leftover dough; but that's another post!

outlaw wrote:Pretzels is how Guy Fiere got started and look where he is now. Gotta love a good soft pretzel. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Sweet! I'm already in discussion with my "boss" about putting these on the bar menu. Pretzel goes fantastic with a cold beer!

OldUsedParts wrote:Is there no limit to that Young Man's cooking/baking ability ? I SAY NO WAY GOURMET - - that looks awesome and very artistically creative also - - - :tup: :cheers: :salut:

Being on a bit of a roll... Pun alert!! I'm waiting for my next project to die horribly in flames. Lol!!
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby OldUsedParts » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:29 am

But what a way to go :chef: :tup: :happ:
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby Papa Tom » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:45 am

Gotta try this Thanks!
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Re: Homemade soft pretzels!

Postby Txdragon » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:12 am

Papa Tom wrote:Gotta try this Thanks!

Definitely worth the effort!

OldUsedParts wrote:But what a way to go :chef: :tup: :happ:

At least I'd die doing what I love!
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