Butter Pretzels

Yesterday I asked Drew what he wanted to eat. This is a common way of me hinting to the fact that I'm about to make a huge mess in the kitchen and create a yummy treat. Instead of just baking away, I wanted to make something that he too could enjoy! He surprised me and asked for butter soft pretzels. I jumped at the opportunity to bake these. They make your house smell amazing and taste like heaven!

If you have food allergies to dairy, it can easily be avoided and you can use a dairy free butter option like Earth Balance. If you are a gluten free lady or gent like myself, I would avoid these until I put up my gluten/dairy free option to these pretzels!

These are a true no fail recipe, although you do need to follow the steps pretty darn carefully to make them a no fail! Let's get started!

Butter Pretzels: Pre Heat your oven to 475° Fahrenheit 

The easiest way to create the dough is in a food processor, but if you don't have one, use your hands! 

In a food processor (or a regular bowl) combine the dry ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and sugar

Next, add in the water and pulse for 15 seconds until a ball forms

*if using your hands, just combine in a circular motion the water into the dough until a ball forms

Next, roll the ball of dough in a light coating of flour and set in a metal bowl in the sun with a tight layer of saran wrap over the top for 30 minutes to let the yeast activate

- 2 1/2 cups of all purpose (unbleached flour)

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

- 2 packets of instant yeast

- 1 cup of warm water

Topping:

- 1 cup of boiling water

- 2 tablespoons of baking soda

- 3 tablespoons of melted butter or butter alternative

 

 

While the dough rises, take your boiling water and whisk in the tablespoons of baking soda, until the soda dissolves slightly, set aside to cool

Next, the dough should be about double in size, transfer the dough to a cutting board with a light layer of olive oil covering the surface

Using a knife or a pastry knife, cut the dough into 8 pieces, and let them sit after they are cut for 2 minutes

Roll out the dough into long pieces of dough and form into the shape of your choice (or a pretzel shape)

Place the pretzels into the bowl of water and baking soda for 2 minutes for each pretzel, this will create a golden brown crust on the pretzel!

Next, after they take their bath, place on a baking sheet and let the soda set for 10 minutes before baking and sprinkle with your salt

After the 10 minutes is up, place the pretzels into the preheated oven for 9 minutes until golden brown

When they are done baking, remove from the oven and brush each pretzel generously with the melted butter or butter alternative!

Eat and Enjoy!