Sunday, July 29, 2012

Soft Baked Honey Wheat Pretzels

I am working hard on our road to financial freedom, so we opted to skip an outing to the ballpark and have baseball night at home, complete with every one's favorite snacks. This was my first time with pretzels, but we will be making many more.

4 tsp yeast
1 tsp honey
1 1/4 cup warm water
2 1/2 whole wheat flour
2 1/2 all-purpose flour
1/2 honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
kosher salt or 1/2 stick butter melted and cinnamon sugar blend

In a measuring cup or small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tsp honey in warm water and let stand 10 minutes.

In large mixing bowl, combine flours and salt and make a well in the center. Add yeast mixture, honey, and oil into the hole. Mix until well combined and knead for about 5 minutes (low speed). Pour a little oil into the bowl and turn until surface is coated. Let rise is a warm place for an hour. I put mine in the oven, and if its chilly in the house turn it on for 1 minute at 300 to warm it some.

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine hot water and baking soda.

On a floured surface, divide dough into 6 pieces for jumbo pretzels, 12 for regular size. Roll each piece into a long rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip the pretzel in baking soda solution and place onto a greased baking sheet. For salted pretzels, add salt here before baking .

Bake 8 minutes until well browned. For cinnamon sugar pretzels, brush with butter when you remove from the oven, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar powder.

The salted pretzels are also delicious dipped in nacho cheese!

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