Inspired by this pin, I set out to make yummy pretzels last weekend. I had been dreaming about bringing in home made heart-shaped pretzels to work for Valentine’s Days – but with so many other craft and cooking projects I never got around to it. But now that I know how easy, and yummy homemade pretzels are – it’s back on my to-do list for next Valentine’s Day.
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add small amounts of water until dough like consistency. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
- When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.
Recipe from allrecipies.com – adapted
I made half the pretzels one day, and half the other day. I simply put half the dough in the fridge. The next day the dough was slightly harder to work with, although I think if you let it rise for an hour or so, it becomes more manageable. I ended up making pretzel bites – still super delicious.