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hot buttered pretzels

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hot. buttered. pretzels. (by bookgrl)

The title says it all. Does it get any better than a hot buttered pretzel? Especially when you don’t have to brave the mall to get it? I rarely post a recipe the exact same day I make it but these were just too good not to share right away. (That, and they’re almost gone already…so I figured I might as well!) These are so easy to make. They really don’t take much time at all, as far as yeast-containing baked goods go, and most of that time is just waiting for the dough to rest at various stages. And there are only a handful of ingredients that most people have on hand anyway. I know I do. Or at least I did, until I made these, and now we are out of flour! The tragedy! So hurry to your kitchen and start a batch of these decadent buttery, salty, heavenly treats right now!

hot. buttered. pretzels. (by bookgrl)

Hot Buttered Pretzels
taken straight out of the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, which I borrowed from my lovely local library but which I may need to own very soon just so I’ll have more time to play with delicious recipes like this one!

dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast*
  • 7/8 to 1 cup warm water**

topping:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

*If you are using active dry yeast, add the yeast to the bowl first, then the water and stir to let the yeast hydrate for a few minutes before adding the additional ingredients. With instant yeast, this step isn’t needed.
**The recipe says to use more in the winter and less in the summer – the goal is for a soft dough. It is January…I used 1 cup…the dough was perfect.

Place all dough ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer and beat until combined. (See note about yeast.) Knead dough by hand or in the mixer for about 5 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth. Dust with flour to keep from sticking and place in a plastic bag. Seal bag and let rest for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500°. Prepare two baking sheets by either lightly greasing or lining with parchment paper.

Remove dough from bag and place on a lightly greased work surface. Divide dough evenly into 8 portions. Let rest, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.

Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and teaspoon of sugar, mixing until sugar is dissolved. Roll each piece of dough out into a long rope (about 28 inches) and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip pretzels into sugar water and place on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse salt and let rest for about 10 minutes.

Bake for 8-9 minutes, until pretzels are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush thoroughly with melted butter. Eat warm and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

A couple notes – I have not had time to experiment with this recipe (yet!) but I daresay I might add another teaspoon of sugar to the sugar water mixture. One of my favorite things about mall pretzels is their somewhat sweet-salty taste. These had that, but I’d like to try to intensify the sweet just a touch. Also, it is a LOT OF BUTTER. The original recipe even says, “Keep brushing the butter on until you’ve used it all; it may seem like a lot, but that’s what gives these pretzels their ethereal taste.” True. Very true. But…I think I might cut down on the butter next time just a little. A smidge, even.

I may just need to go finish off the last of them now…mmm…

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8 thoughts on “hot buttered pretzels

  1. those look delicious! of course, now I want pretzels. sigh

  2. i will be maiking these in about 10 minutes… thanks…

  3. I tried them and loved them http://www.flickr.com/photos/missmarnie/4304407972/ Definitely will try again and will probably try sneaking in a touch of whole wheat some time. Thanks for posting.

  4. These were delish! Made the decision that hot pretzles for dinner was, in fact, a perfectly legit game plan after reading the recipe. I just couldn’t wait to try them! Dipped them in Stonewall Kitchen Honey Mustard and they were amazing!

  5. Ohhhhh these are making me so sad. Why is one not in my hand right this moment?

  6. I will have to try this recipe. It looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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