Pretzels: Hot and Fresh
How good is fresh baked, well, anything? How about fresh baked pretzels? Hot and buttery and topped with sea salt?
These are really easy to make! And damn good. They are best fresh out of the oven so plan accordingly!
You will need:
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
- coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1) Pre-heat your oven to 450
2) Mix together the flour, sea salt, sugar, and yeast in a large mixing bowl
3) Add in the warm water and mix together with a large wooden spoon. It should come together into one big lovely dough ball. If you need to, use your hands to make sure it's all mixed at the end.
4) Dust the dough ball with flour and place it in a big zip lock bag. Let the dough rise for about 30 min. I like to to put mine on top of the stove while it's pre-heating so the dough stays nice and warm while it rises.
5) After it rises, take the dough out of the bag and put it on a lightly oiled and floured counter.
6) Cut off a palm sized bit of dough
7) Roll the dough into a long thin rope. Make the pretzels by making a loop, and crossing the ends over each other again and then folding the ends down on the loop.
8) Make a soda wash by whisking the baking soda and warm water together in a bowl and heating it in the microwave for 1 minute. It's ok if the soda doesn't fully dissolve.
9) Dunk the pretzels you have just beautifully made into the soda wash and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and put into the oven!
10) Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
11) Melt the butter and with a pastry brush, top the pretzels with the butter and a little more salt.