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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Soft Pretzels

Kids love making homemade pretzels
 This makes anywhere from 12-24 pretzels, depending on how large you like them. The kids like them as-is, but you could dip them in mustard or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, instead of salt.

Ingredients:
1-1/2cups warm water
1Tbl. oil
1packet dry yeast
1/4cup brown sugar
1-1/2tsp. salt
4cups flour

For the baking soda solution:
2cups warm water
2Tbl. baking soda

You'll also need:
melted butter
coarse salt

Preparation:
Whisk together the water, oil, yeast, sugar, and salt, until dissolved.
Add 2-cups of the flour, and beat into a batter, add the remaining flour, and stir/knead until you have a smooth dough.
Spray a bowl with cooking spray, toss the dough in it, cover and let rise 30-45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450*F.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Stir together the baking soda and water, until dissolved. Set aside.
Pinch off a walnut size piece of the dough, and shape it into a 1/2-inch thick coil. Fold into a pretzel, dip it in the baking soda solution, and set it on the cookie sheet. Continue the same, for the remaining dough.
Let them rise 30-minutes.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or to desired color.
Brush with meted butter, then sprinkle with coarse salt. (such as sea salt)

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