Tuesday, January 10, 2012
One of our favorite wintertime activities is making soft pretzels. They are fun to shape and always yummy to eat.
This recipe can be used with white, whole wheat or a mixture of flours. I have it listed for whole wheat flour. If using white flour, you'll probably need slightly more flour.
I used to divide the dough into balls but it took so long to roll them into long strips that the children became discouraged. By rolling the dough flat and cutting it into strips, it is far easier. The children like to get creative with their shapes.
Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels
1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 T yeast
2 T honey
2 T soft butter
1 tsp salt
5 cups whole wheat flour (or white flour)
1 T gluten (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Knead for five minutes. Allow to rise 1 hour.
Roll out dough. Cut into 12-15 strips with pizza cutter. Shape pretzels.
2 cup warm water
4 tsp baking soda
Mix water and soda together. Dip pretzels into water and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 500 degrees for 8 minutes.
Option: If you like your pretzels with lots of buttery goodness, you can brush on some melted butter.