Soft Pretzels

These soft pretzels are super tasty and shaping them is a family affair. We always do a pretzel with the first letter of everyone's name, then everyone has free reign to make whatever they desire. The kids have a blast making and eating their creations. So much so, that I often make a double batch.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (I use skim)
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Heat milk in small saucepan over medium-low heat until warm (about 110 degrees F). Remove from heat.

Combine 1 tablespoon oil with the yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Pour in warm milk and stir until the yeast and sugar are dissolved (recipe says to use wooden spoon or plastic spatula). After a few minutes you should see bubbles appear on the surface on the mixture. Let rest until mixture is slightly foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture, stirring well until all the flour is mixed in.

Place the dough on an unfloured surface and knead until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes (or you can use the dough hook on an electric mixture). Grease a large mixing bowl with remaining 2 Tbsp oil (I find I only need half). Place dough in the bowl, and turn to coat lightly with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm draft-free place (I use the oven set to 110 degrees F). Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Put oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Beat egg in a small bowl and set aside.

Remove the dough from the bowl. You can either divide it into 16 similar sized pieces by eye-balling it (my lazy method) or roll the dough out into a 10x12 inch rectangle and divide in fourths, then divide each of those pieces into fourths.

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Roll each piece between your hands and counter to form a "snake" and shape. If you want to make pretzel shapes, the "snake' should be about 14 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter. If dough gets too dry and will not stretch, wet hands slightly and try rolling again.

Place formed pretzels on an ungreased baking sheet at least an inch apart. With pastry brush, brush each pretzel with the beaten egg and sprinkle with kosher salt.

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Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Try to be patient and not burn your mouth!

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Servings: 16
Time:2 1/2 Hours Preparation Time
20 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Emeril's "There's a Chef in My Soup!"

By cs_jag from Hillsboro, OR

October 28, 20100 found this helpful

These sound delicious! Can't wait to try them!

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October 28, 20100 found this helpful

Our church's fifth grade Sunday school uses a similar recipe for their annual pretzel sale (all proceeds go to sponsor a child in a third world country). Each child takes the recipe home the week before and that day, brings in a batch or two of the dough all made up.

At church, (with parental help), the kids rolll and form the dough, bake it, and sell the pretzels. The scent usually hits the congregation in the last fifteen minutes of the service! Needless to say, they sell out every year!

Our family has used the recipe many other times through the years, too. Now away at college, my girls will periodically ask for the "fifth grade" pretzel recipe.

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