...celebrating flavorful food
1. a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.
2. a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.
by Susan Andrews
(My inspiration: Will Cook for Smiles)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp butter, soft
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
shredded 3 cheese Italian blend cheese
1 egg beaten for brushing tops
Large pot for boiling pretzels
1/3 cup baking soda
Add dry ingredients to the bowl of your mixer. Add butter and slowly add warm water. Knead with dough hook until your dough comes together.
If it seems dry add more water….too wet, add more flour.
Turn onto a floured work surface. Knead into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
Prepare your baking sheet w/ cooking spray or parchment paper. Set aside.
Chop your rosemary and garlic. Mix together and set aside.
Cut your dough into 10 pieces.
Roll each piece into a long rope. Sizes will vary. That is ok.
To form a pretzel shape, make rope into a U. Then twist to make a fish. Now fold the tail down & twist again. Refer to pictures. Repeat.
Transfer your pretzels to baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450.
Beat your egg for egg wash. Set aside.
Fill a large pot half full of water. Bring to a boil. Carefully add your baking soda. It will bubble up! Keep at a rolling boil.
Add 1-3 pretzels to boiling water. Boil 45 seconds, flip, boil another 45 seconds.
Remove from water and place on paper towels to drain slightly.
Move to prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with all of the pretzels.
Brush tops of pretzels with egg wash. Sprinkle tops with seasoning salt or coarse salt. Using your fingers sprinkle with garlic/rosemary and then 3 cheese blend. Repeat.
Place pretzels in preheated oven for 9-15 minutes, until they are nicely browned.
Now the only thing you have left to do is enjoy! They are so good fresh out of the oven!
I sliced them and used them as buns with chicken salad!
Get creative. Use your favorite herbs! They would be so good with basil and sun dried tomatoes!