Monday, September 3, 2007

Soft Pretzels

PRETZEL DOGS

Bottom picture is just the Pretzels
I stole this from http://amberskitchen.blogspot.com/, I am so happy I found this recipe. I have made regular and with hot dogs.

PRETZELS:
1 package active dry yeast
1/8 cup hot water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup warm water
4 cups flour + more for counter/hands
Kosher salt
grease/butter/spray for pans
Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Mix yeast and hot water in large bowl until yeast is dissolved. Add brown sugar and warm water mix until brown sugar is dissolved. Gradually add flour to mixture until it is smooth and pulls away from bowl. Put dough onto floured surface and knead until it is strechy. (I find it takes more flour then you think to make it not sticky anymore). Take dough and make into sticks or pretzel shapes, about as big around as your thumb. Place a large pan on burner fill halfway with a measuring cup. For every 1 cup of water add 1 Tbl Baking Soda to the pan. Bring to a soft boil, very small bubbles. Place pretzels into pan in small batches, count for 30 seconds slowly, then lift out using a sloted spatula, drain water off and place on a very well greased pan and sprinkle with kosher salt, garlic powder or parmesan cheese. Put pan into preheated oven cook on 475 for 8-10 minutes.

To make the pretzel dogs I wrapped a hot dog with a piece of american cheese inside the pretzel dough. Make sure you get it all closed around or the cheese will ooze out! One batch of pretzel dough made enough for 2 packages of hot dogs. They bake the same time as the regular pretzels. You will also boil them as well. (I made these again 10/14 and cooked them 10 minutes, they browned nicely and were better than cooking them just the 8 minutes)

Do NOT be afraid to make these. I was but decided to just do it one day and I am so glad I did, now I could make them in my sleep and there is nothing better than one of these hot out of the oven. I made the Pretzel dogs for Labor Day, all of my family raved about them, especially my daddy!