Baked Soft Pretzels

These have become a staple around my house, my dad eats them like they’re going out of style. I keep asking what he’s going to do when I move out next month, he doesn’t like to talk about that. They’re really easy to make, most of the time is just spent waiting for the dough to rise. They’re good with some mustard, or just by themselves. But they’re best if you eat them in 2-3 days, which won’t be hard.

It’s not the best of pictures, but you get the idea.

Recipe
2-3 cups of flour (add until the dough isn’t too sticky, not too much though)
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegan butter
coarse salt for sprinkling on pretzels

1. Proof your yeast and add the sugar in the lukewarm water, let it sit for 5 minutes.
2. Combine the flour and salt, then add the yeast mixture. Stir to combine as much as you can, and then dump out the dough and start kneading.
3. Knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth. Then place it in an oiled bowl and place a towel over the top. Let it sit for about an hour.
4. Come back and punch down the dough, just pow, fist meets dough.
5. Divide the dough into 7-8 equal pieces. Roll them into fairly thick, chunky logs about 3 inches long.
6. Place them on a pan and cover with a towel. Let them sit for 20 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
8. The dough should be easier to work with now, roll them out to about double in size. Then cover and let sit again for 15 minutes.
9. Now roll the dough into a 10-12 inch rope and shape into pretzels. Mine look more like bows, but feel free to do whatever shape your heart desires.
10. Melt the butter and use a pastry brush to spread over the tops of each pretzels, and sprinkle it with coarse salt.
11. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

I wish I had a better picture, but we eat these so fast, they’re basically gone in a day or two. Hope you like ’em.

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5 responses to “Baked Soft Pretzels

  1. yummy!

  2. Yum! These looks wonderful. It’d be fun to try different dipping ‘flavors’…

  3. looks delicious .. Laila .. http://limeandlemon.wordpress.com

  4. I just made these this evening as a Valentine’s Day treat for my husband…I twisted them into hearts and he loved them!
    Thanks for the great, easy recipe!

  5. Awesome! I’m glad he enjoyed them 🙂

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