Saturday, April 5, 2008

My 1st Attempt Pretzels 101

So in my first baking attempt I decided to make home made big soft pretzels.

I got this recipe from food network Bobby Flay Throwdowns.

Soft Pretzels:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
2 whole eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water

Coarse sea salt

Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper and spray liberally with vegetable spray. ( I didn't have parchment paper so I used one baking sheet with a sillpad and one non spray sheet pan with cooking spray the baking sheet with just the spray worked better.

Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring the water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape: take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up. This is where I had the most problems. I am not great at shaping them, but I did my best.

Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider.

Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. (I should have use more salt then I did) Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown. 18 minutes is how long I baked them for.

1 comment:

Taster21 said...

I tasted this first batch and they were awesome! Especially a few hours after they were done! Really the best pretzel I have ever had... by far...