This recipe makes pretzels just like the kind of pretzels you buy at the mall. Chewy in the middle and shinny on the outside with a golden crust. I got the recipe from a William Sonoma kids cook book. I have made them a lot and they always turn out. I made them with friends for a movie party one night and everyone loved them. It was fun to stand around the cupboard and twist crazy shaped pretzels.
This recipe could be used as a science fair experiment for school too. There is a lot of science behind boiling pretzels in soda water. Try baking one of the pretzels without having boiled it in soda water and see what happens. Boiling in soda water is pH related. The flavor and look of the dough is changed when boiled in the alkaline water.
Here goes with the recipe……
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. yeast rapid rise or 1 packet
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (115-125 degrees)
3 tablespoons veg oil
Mix together until smooth than knead for 10 min. I did everything in a Bosch mixer so I didn’t have to hand knead . The machine did all the work.
Let rise 45 min in a covered/greased bowl. Punch down dough & cut in 10-12 pieces. Roll out into long ropes.
Leave on counter for ten minutes to rise while you get the next step ready.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the water. Gently lift pretzels off counter and drop into boiling soda water for 30 seconds. Lift out with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle with salt. I used coarse salt. Cinnamon/sugar is good too. Place on greased cookie sheet, or sil pat, or parchment paper. Bake 450 degrees for 15 min. We used convect bake and did 425 for 11 min.