The other day, we went to see the Peanuts movie and they had Pretzels at the concession stand. Although we didn’t order any, it made us hungry for them here at home. It’s been a long time since we’ve made any, so I looked through the recipe cards and found the one we like best. This recipe makes pretzels that are soft and chewy with a sprinkling of salt over the top. However, what sets this recipe apart from others is slathering of butter over the tops to make them even more delicious.
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1/4 c. warm water
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 3/4 c. warm milk
- 2 Tbs. melted butter
- 1 c. boiling water
- 2 Tbs. baking soda
- Coarse salt
- 3 Tbs. butter for brushing over the top
Lightly grease a large bowl and set aside for later.
Dissolve yeast in the water with granulated sugar and allow it to work for about 10 minutes. Place the flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast into a mixing bowl and combine. Warm the milk over the stove, or place it in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds until it is just warm.
In a mixing bowl, add the yeast, brown sugar, and 1-cup flour. You can either use the mixer with the bread hook attachment to mix the ingredients or mix it with a wooden spoon. Add 2 tablespoons melted butter. Add the rest of the flour to make a soft dough that is slightly sticky. Knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for five minutes or with the mixer for five minutes.
Place the dough into the greased bowl, turning once to grease all sides. Cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap and place in a warm location to rise.
While the dough is rising, prepare the topping. Combine the boiling water and baking soda. Stir until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Set the solution aside to cool. Pour the baking soda and water solution into a 9-inch square pan.
Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit. Lightly grease or butter a baking sheet. Set aside.
When the dough has doubled in volume, punch the dough to deflate it. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 or 8 equal pieces, depending on how big you want the pretzels to be. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes before you begin to shape it.
Roll one piece of dough into a long rope, about 28 to 30 long. Twist into a pretzel shape. After you get four pretzels made, place them in the pan with the baking soda solution. Leave them to soak in the soda water for 2 minutes. This will give your pretzels their golden brown color.
Remove the pretzels carefully and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with coarse salt. Allow the pretzels to rest for 10 minutes and then bake them in the oven for 8 to 9 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Keep brushing the butter. Eat the pretzels while they are warm or if you have any left over for later, reheat them in an oven or microwave.