Chewy Pretzels

Last year, a friend who’s staying in America, posted this recipe on her FB, she got it from a magazine…. and since I do love eating pretzels even though I was only introduced to this during our family vacation to KL about 2 years ago.  It was my nieces who said I must try and that its so yummylicious and so it was 🙂

Definitely not of Aunt Annie’s quality but hey I’m no professional chef …. only a mother who happens to have the mood to cook and bake at times 😉  Still the pretzels turn out well…. I even modified a bit by sprinkling a few of the pretzels with choc chips on top …. now that taste even better 😉

Chewy Pretzels

For the dough

1 tbs sugar

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp active dry yeast

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp salt

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

For the boiling

10-12 cups water

3 tbsp baking soda

For topping

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp water

coarse salt to taste

Method 

in a small bowl mix the sugar and water. sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside for 10 mins.

in a small pan, melt butter and salt.

in a large bowl, add flour and make a well at the center.  Add yeast and butter mixture and stir together until flour has absorbed the liquid. then knead until smooth and elastic.

oil the bowl and form the dough into a ball. cover the dough with the oil and cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm place for 45-60 mins or double in size.

pre heat oven to 475F or 190C. boil the water and stir in baking soda and kept at a simmer.

gently deflate the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. divide dough into 6 – 12 pieces depending on what size you want.

roll the dough into 18 inch long rope. if the rope shrink to a shorter length, let it sit for a few more minutes and then try again.

shape them into pretzels shape. immediately after shaping, drop them into the water bath for 10 seconds. Hold it under the water for at least 5 seconds, remove pretzels and drain on a slotted spoon or spatula and placed it onto an oiled baking sheet. Set them 1 inch apart. in a small bowl whisk egg yolk with water and brush it on top of each pretzels and then sprinkle some salt onto it. Allow to rest and rise for 5 minutes and bake for 10-12 minutes until they look golden brown. cool on wire racks 🙂

Choc Chips toppings

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