Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Yesterday was a long and fun day. I went with Jeffrey to help out on set of the music video he was directing for Latin Music Star, Luz Rios. She was beautiful and has been nominated for a Latin Grammy. The video is going to be amazing, I am so proud of my husband! It was very fun to watch him be the boss! He and his team were incredible. I didn't do a lot of "work." Producer Kip had me run an errand, and help the PAs with craft services, but mostly Jeffrey let me sit in the "director's booth" and watch the monitor with him, I felt very important, haha!

I made these pretzels the other day when I was bored. I like to practice my baking skills on days when I am bored. I was soooo excited when they turned out yummy. These pretzels were better than the ones you get at the mall! I am already planning to make them again this week.

Homemade Soft Pretzels
1 cup milk
1 package active dry yeast (not pictured)
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup baking soda (not pictured)
2 tablespoons coarse salt (not pictured, I used margarita salt)

Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute.
It should be 110 degrees.
Mix yeast and milk in a bowl and allow yeast to soften for about 2 minutes.
Sift 1 cup of flour and 3 Tb of brown sugar into milk. Stir.
Cut 2 Tb of butter into cubes and allow to softened, or just put in a microwave for 25 seconds.
Stir butter into mixture.
Add salt and 1 1/4 cups of flour. (I just realized that I added 1 1/2 cups of flour here, oops) Stir until dough balls up.
Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
Put dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Set in warm space for 1 hour. I usually turn my oven on to 300 degrees and set the bowl on the stovetop.
Punch dough down and let sit for 6 more minutes.
Dissolve 1/3 cup baking soda in 3 cups of warm water.
Separate dough into 6 balls. I find it easier to cut the dough.
Roll each ball of dough into a rope of 30 inches.
Shape the dough into a pretzel shape. This dough is very springy so the long rope will spring back.
Dip pretzel into baking soda solution.
Put on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake on 450 for about 8-10 minutes. You should check to see if done. They will be golden brown.
Melt 8 Tb of butter in a bowl. I didn't have 8 more Tb of butter so I melted about 5-6.
Remove pretzels from oven.
Dip pretzels in butter and then set on a cooling rack.
Serve with your favorite dipping salt. I like marinara sauce.

Update!
I made these a second time using the correct amount of flour (1 1/4 cup instead of 1 1/2 cup and the dough was much more workable. It also rose more than the first time around.) Still very tasty though! I am so addicted to these that I am making them a third time today!!

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