Several people asked about the recipe I used to make those yummy pretzels (i swear they are pretzels, even if they look more like rolls- I may have gotten frustrated rolling them out and not rolled them thin enough) yesterday, so here it is....
First off, I need to tell you something. My homemade pretzels started with, errrr, ahem.....a bread machine to make the dough. I know some of you may consider that "less" homemade, but if you knew how far I have come from the days of boiled chicken and canned greenbeans, you would be very very impressed.
Anyway, if you have a bread machine, you just stick the following things in the machine:
1 cup of water
2 tsp of salt
1 tbs of packed brown sugar
3 1/4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
I have a dough/pizza dough cycle so I just put it on that and it kneaded it for me and let it rise for me for an hour or so.
If you don't have a machine and aren't sure how to make the dough, I found a comparible recipe here for the dough.
After the dough has risen, lay on floured surface and roll into 12 balls. Roll each ball into a thin rod and shape into pretzel (make a U shape, twist ends together and fold inward). Put on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425. Place 2 inches of water in a wide saute pan and bring to boil. Place 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of baking soda in small bowl and set aside.
Once pretzels have rested for 20-30 minutes, slide pretzels into boiling water 1 at a time (although I did more than 1 at a time to save time and didn't have issues). Flip each after 1 1/2 minutes, letting boil for 3 minutes each total. (I cut this down to about 30 seconds on each side too because I am impatient and it was fine).
Slather the pretzels with melted butter and coat with your choice of topping, if any. I did half of mine with cinammon and sugar and the other half with sea salt. They were both yummy.
And there you have it- very easy except for rolling the thin rods out- there must be an easier way, but I sure don't know it!
They were really delicious. especially right out of the oven. I am for sure going to be making this as a regular treat for my family!