Pretzels

pretzels

Making bagels was just the first step towards an avalanche of baking and breads, cakes, desserts. Now that I have time to spare I can experiment and try things I’ve always wanted to make. And since I have time, I can make mistakes and improve the recipes as I  go.

INGREDIENTS: makes 6

1cup milk

7gr sachet of yeast

1 cup of wholemeal flour

30gr melted butter + to grease (20gr should be more than enough, also melted)

1 1/4 cups plain flour (you can use all plain I just wanted to mix it up and it tastes great!)

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup baking powder

Rock salt

Warm the milk in a saucepan or in the microwave. Pour in the a large bowl and mix in the yeast.  Let it rest for a couple of minutes. Mix in the brown sugar and 1 cup of wholemeal and the melted butter. Add the plain flour gradually while mixing with a fork or your hands. On a floured surface knead the dough until smooth and elastic. You might have to add some tbsp of flour as this dough is very wet. When it stops being sticky, place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling and leave it for an hour to rise.

Once it double in size, punch the air out and divide the dough in 6 parts. On a floured surface, roll each piece like a long sausage up to 40-50 cm.

Take the ends of the dough, and making a circle shape cross the two ends towards the inside of the circle.

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Always holding the ends, twist once around each other and place the ends on the bottom of the circle.

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Once you have done all this, line a tray with greased parchment paper. Make sure you grease it properly! My first batch the paper wouldn’t come off the pretzel and I had to cut off all the bottom part. 😦

Pour 3 cups of warm water in a separate bowl or tray and mix in the baking powder. This should fizz for a couple of seconds. You need to dunk the pretzels in the water and making sure you eliminate excess water, place on the baking tray and sprinkle with rock salt. I used a ladle of sorts to dunk them in as they are quite soft.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until nice and gold.

Place on a cooling rack. Take the extra butter and brush it over the hot pretzels and let it drip off.

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There you have it! I had two as soon as they were done, couldn’t wait! 🙂

Hope you find these as much fun to make as I did.

Ciao for now! xox

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