Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Homemade Pretzels

Okay, I took these from someones blog before I started tracking where things are coming from. If I got them from you, please tell me so I can give you credit.

Homemade Pretzels

1 teaspoon dry yeast
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 cups flour
kosher salt
baking soda
shortening or butter

In a large mixing bowl mix 1 tablespoon HOT water and 1 teaspoon yeast. Mix until yeast dissolves completely. Stir in 2/3 cup WARM water. Stir in 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Slowly add 2 cups flour, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and does not stick to the sides of the bowl. Lightly flour the counter and dip your hands into extra flour. Knead the dough until it is stretchy and smooth. Grease the cookie sheet well with butter/shortening and sprinkle it with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Using liquid measuring cup fill a large saucepan at least 1/2 full of water. For each 1 cup of water, add 1 tablespoon baking soda. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Shape the dough pieces into a pretzel shape. Bring the water in the saucepan to a gentle boil. Use a pancake turner to lower each pretzel into the pan. Count slowly to 30 then life the pretzel onto the greased and salted cookie sheet. Repeat until all the pretzels are done. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the pretzels and put them in the preheated oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown.

These were great, just like the ones from the mall. The only thing that was missing was the hot cheese! Yummm, I give these an A!
WW: 3 points (since this recipe only made me 7 pretzels!)

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