Easy Oven Baked Soft Pretzels
These had a nice, almost crispy exterior, and a soft chewy center. Totally worth trying.
I hate the term "easy" attached to a recipe. I am a bit of a purist. I don't want easy anything, I want the traditional way of doing it. I don't care how difficult it can be, but these...still ended up being easy!
Easy Soft Pretzels
by: Holly Nilsson
prep: 1 hour 15 minutes
cook: 20 minutes
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1 tablespoon of brown sugar (I did not pack it down)
2 teaspoons of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast (1 pkg) Needs to be fresh
4 cups of all purpose flour
2 ounces of melted butter (around 3-4 tbs)
10 cup of water
2/3 cup of baking soda
1 egg white
pretzel salt (or cinnamon sugar)
1.) melt the butter in a small pot, pour into dish set aside. In the same pot heat the milk until slightly warm to the touch. Yeast dies at 125º so not hot to the touch, just warm. Take of the heat, add the yeast and sugar. Allow to rest for 10 mins.
2.) pour cooled melted butter to the milk mixture. Put 2 cups of flour and in the bowl of a stand mixer with your dough hook. Add your milk/butter mixture to the flour and beat on medium speed
3.) Kneed in the mixer until combined, then add the remaining two cups slowly. Once completely added, kneed for 5 mins until the dough is smooth and just very slightly sticky.
4.) Transfer to a well oiled bowl then oil the top of the dough. Wrap with cling film and put in a warm place to proof for an hour.
I don't have a proofing option on my easy bake oven, so I put the bowl in my oven at 150º but I keep the oven open. Remember yeast dies at 125º. I turned my bowl every 15 minutes as an insurance policy. Just a warm place is needed.
5.) after the dough has doubled in size, in my case I removed the from oven, and preheated oven to 450º. Then start the boil on your water and baking soda.
I then cut the dough in 8 equal pieces. Roll into 18" rolls.
Twisting pretzels is so easy, and there is no wrong way to do it. If you want some examples, googling "pretzel twisting" provided a lot of fun options.
6.) I used a spatula and lowered my pretzels in the boiling water. I counted 10 "Mississippis" and then lifted them out with the spatula and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
7.) brush the tops with egg whites and top with pretzel salt or cinnamon sugar.
Bake for about 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
8.)Enjoy warm or they are awesome cold too!