Friday, July 17, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - German Soft Pretzels

German Soft Pretzels

Now, I'm not sure just how healthy this will be, but it's more fun than anything. We are making these tonight as a family fun time. We try to do this every so often. It brings us together to just have fun as a family. You know, times that make memories. And I used to love those big pretzels you got at the mall with mustard.. so this should be fun!
Hope you enjoy.

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
2-1/2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour (here I will use organic unbleached wheat flour instead)
2 TBL salad oil ( I'll be using Olive Oil)
1 TBL sugar
6 TBL Baking Soda in 6 cups of water
Coarse Salt

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the oil and sugar. Beat for about 3 min to make a smooth batter. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 1 cup) to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and satiny (about 5 min.) adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place dough in greased bowl; turn over to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled . (about 1 hour)

Punch dough down, turn out onto floured board, and divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a smooth ball by gently kneading. The roll each into a smooth rope about 18 inches long, and twist into a pretzel shape. Place slightly apart on greased baking sheet (at least 12 X 15 inches), turning loose end underneath. Let rise, uncovered, until puffy (about 25 min.).

Meanwhile, in a 3 quart stainless steel or enameled pan (don't use aluminum), bring soda-water mixture to boiling; adjust heat to keep water boiling gently. With a slotted spatula, lower 1 pretzel at a time into pan. Let simmer for 10 seconds on each side, then lift from water, drain briefly on spatula, and return to baking sheet. Let dry briefly, then sprinkle with coarse salt and let stand, uncovered, until all have been simmered.

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Transfer to racks; serve warm with butter or mustard. Or let cool completely, wrap airtight, and freeze. To reheat, place frozen pretzels on un-greased baking sheets and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 min. or until hot.

Makes 1 dozen pretzels.

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