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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Homemade pretzels

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            For the Dough:
            12.5 oz all purpose flour (2.5 C)
            1/2 tsp sea salt
            2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
            1 C warm water (110 degrees F)

            For the Topping:
            1/2 C warm water
            1 T baking soda
            vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
            coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
            3 T unsalted butter, melted

          1.  Combine all the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, and mix with the paddle attachment until somewhat combined (or just mix by hand with wooden spoon).  Change to the dough hook and knead on med low for 5 minutes.  The dough should feel soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
         2.  Lightly dust the dough with flour, cover with saran. Let dough rise in warm place for 30 minutes.
         3.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees, lightly grease baking sheet.
         4.  Remove dough, place onto a lightly oiled countertop.  Divide into 8 equal sections.
         5.  Whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda.
         6.  Roll each of the 8 pieces into a long rope, and shape into a pretzel.
         7.  Dip each pretzel into the soda wash and  place on baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Let them rest 10 min. (I don't usually do this and it works out fine)
         8. Bake for 9-10 min.
         9.  Brush with butter