It seems like everywhere I look, I am seeing soft pretzels turning up on food blogs. And most of them reference a recipe from Alton Brown. So I finally broke down and decided to try them. Because I looooove me some carbs!! Come on, after an 8 mile run I deserve some carbs...yes?? Some salty, sugary sweet carbs? Yes??
You can find his recipe HERE on the Food Network site. The dough rose quite nicely!
I separated the dough into 8 equal parts. On an oiled cutting board, I started rolling. And rolling and rolling until the dough was in loooooong snake-like segments. Then, I did the twisting. Like this...
I lined them all up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and they were ready for a water bath! No they all aren't uniform or the same size, but that's party of their charm.
Each pretzel was dropped into boiling water for about 30 seconds, then taken out and placed back on the cookie sheet. Half of the pretzels I dusted with salt and the other half with a cinnamon/sugar mix before putting them in the oven. Into the oven they went for about 15 minutes. It smelled just like Wetzels Pretzels in here!!
I'm not really one to toot my own horn (too much), but these were fantastic!!! I can't take credit for the recipe but I can take credit for the execution, hee hee!! They were big and chewy with the right amount of 'crust' on the outside. Oh my, these were devoured so quickly!! Next time I think i'll add more sugar/cinnamon mix before baking, they were not sweet enough for me. And I'll invest in some big pretzel salt. My husband loved them, so did my kids. No more mall soft pretzels for us! This recipe is going in the keeper file!!
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