Easy Soft Pretzels Recipe And Tips
There are some things we shy away from when it comes to cooking, thinking they are going to be so time consuming or complicated. Often anything with yeast in it tends to scare people to death At first glance, this homemade soft pretzels recipe may seem difficult or scary but it is really easy and takes very little time to make. As a bonus, you won’t have to drag out your mammoth mixer or need anything special to make this soft pretzels recipe and most of us already have all of the ingredients in our pantry.
Soft Pretzels Recipe
2 cups warm water (110 – 115 degrees)
1 pkg. or 1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar
5-6 cups flour
6 cups water
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. water
Toppings: coarse salt, sesame seed, poppy seed, Parmesan cheese, grated
Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in warm water. Add flour slowly, stirring until mixture does not stick to the side of the bowl.
Knead dough 2-3 minutes.
Make into pretzel shapes, circles or hearts on a lightly floured surface.
In a large frying pan, place 6 cups of water and 1/2 tsp. baking soda: bring to a boil. Cook each pretzel 1 minute. You may need to change the water when it gets full of flour.
Lightly beat egg and water; brush on top of pretzels. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 475 degrees until golden (about 10 minutes). Serve with hot mustard sauce (recipe below). Makes 16-18 soft pretzels.
Dessert Soft Pretzels
Use the same recipe above but brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
You can try dipping your pretzels in many different sauces or spreading a variety of things on your pretzels but if you want to keep things homemade to go with your homemade soft pretzels, try this yummy recipe. Make it ahead of time so it is ready before you start making your soft pretzels.
Hot Mustard Sauce
1/4 cup ground mustard
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp. honey
In a small sauce pan, combine mustard and vinegar. Let stand for 30 minutes. Whisk in the sugar and the egg yolk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture begins to simmer and is thickened (about 7 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in the honey. Chill. Serve with your soft pretzels. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 1/2 cup.
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