You Live, You Learn, You Make Pretzels

Suddenly today I was overcome with a carb/salt/yummy craving.

So soft pretzels it was.

The thing is, we don’t have a mixer. So Joanna and I teemed up and kneaded all the ingredients together, slowly but surely. And after letting the dough rise in the hot press (aka for all you non-Irish, the utility closet) we had lovely fluffy dough.

We made cinnamon and sugar… they didn’t turn out quite right, but not too bad! After the taste testers deliberations, we still aren’t sure about where we went wrong, but we continued to eat them.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of water
2 Cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp of active dry yeast
1 ounce unsalted & melted butter
1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 Cup of bread soda bicarbonate
8 Cups of water (this is for the boiling water, obviously)

It also called for 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp of salt. We didn’t use either.

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and let it rise… it gets really nice, but for us this was a little bit of an apology from the dough for being so hard to mix together. We, alas, do not have a mixer.

Roll out parts of the dough into long strands, make a loop, and then twist the top and put it back down to the bottom (make it look like a pretzel!)

When the water is boiling, turn off the burner and then drop the pretzels in for about a minute, take them out and then put them onto a baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes at around 180C (350F)

We put butter and then sugar/cinnamon on top before we baked them, but we would also say sea salt works amazing as well!

Yum.

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