Originally posted on my blog over at jessigurr.com
I love to make pretzels and haven’t made them for a while. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp. yeast
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 cups flour (half and half white/whole wheat)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. baking soda
Combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let rest ten minutes. Add oil, flour, salt, and knead for 10 minutes (or put in a bread machine).
Divide and roll into long ropes; shape into a pretzels. Place on a baking sheet (preferably covered in parchment paper) until doubled in size. This will take 20 – 45 minutes depending on your temperature and humidity.
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Bring water and baking soda to a boil. Liberally brush hot water/soda onto each pretzel and sprinkle with kosher salt (or poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc). Bake at 450ºF for 12-15 minutes, flipping baking racks half way through if you have two sheets.
Yield: 6-8 giant pretzels. Or 12 smaller pretzels for pot lucks and house guests.
Nothing beats fresh, hot pretzels. Serve with vegan cheese sauce… I’ll post a recipe for this some day.