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Unread 04-02-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Homemade Soft Pretzels

I just made a second batch of homemade soft pretzels using Alton Brown's recipe. These are really good. My wife said they are better than soft pretzels from the mall. I didn't have pretzel salt to sprinkle over the pretzels. I used coarse sea salt instead. The recipe calls for a baking soda bath using 10 cups of water. I used 5 cups and that amount works fine.

Alton Brown's Homemade Soft Pretzels
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._37073,00.html

1-1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package (2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups (22 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for for dough bowl
5 cups water
1/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt, coarse sea salt or kosher salt to sprinkle on top of pretzels

Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paperl. Set aside.

Bring the 5 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 3-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the parchment covered cookie sheet, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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I've thought about making that recipe, but I think I wouldn't make them in the normal pretzel shape. I don't think that I have a pot that's large enough to boil them in.

Oh, btw:

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The soft pretzels in this recipe are only about 5 inches across. A 3-qt saucepan with 5 cups of water is enough. You dip the pretzels, one at a time, for 30-seconds in the boiling baking soda bath. Drop one in, boil 30 seconds, take it out, add the next pretzel. You don't have to boil them all at the same time.
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I've thought about making that recipe, but I think I wouldn't make them in the normal pretzel shape. I don't think that I have a pot that's large enough to boil them in.

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http://www.guspretzels.com/new.html to put a smoked Salsiccia sausage and wrap it in pretzel dough. Man they were good. Gonna hope fully make some this weekend and get some BBQ Pretzel Pron going.....
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Before digital camera's came out from this place...

http://www.guspretzels.com/new.html to put a smoked Salsiccia sausage and wrap it in pretzel dough. Man they were good. Gonna hope fully make some this weekend and get some BBQ Pretzel Pron going.....

I love pretzel dogs. Especially the ones with sausage.
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Here are some YouTube videos that give you an idea of how pretzels are made at home:

Pretzel ingredients
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReD8b8p6cwI

Mix pretzel ingredients
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JINfQkCrAMA

Cutting and shaping pretzels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9QvgXyJk1k

Adding topping to pretzels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6ZL5PzZo6E
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well then.............i know how I'm spending my day tomorrow. Thanks guys, GREAT info for pretzel lovers like me!
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Bobby Flay just did a Throw Down with a pretzel maker from just outside of Philly and won - there is nothing like a fresh soft pretzel....
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Has anybody baked them in a smoker?
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take the soft pretzel, cut it in half length wise cover with pizza sauce(or any tomato sauce) then shredded cheese and oregano.cook until cheese is melted. can be done in smoker or oven (born and raised in philly mod)
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