So for my second day of Valentine treats, I am doing Pretzels. Pretzels are Richard’s favourite treat so I learnt to make them a couple of years ago, they don’t always look the part but they are soo tasty. So here is the recipe that works for me.
I follow a basic pretzel dough recipe, then decide on my Pretzel toppings. Today I will show you a plain salted pretzel, cinnamon sugar-coated and chocolate dipped sprinkled one. So let’s get started.
For the pretzel dough.
7g active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 tsp white sugar
5 cups of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
For the bath/ egg wash:
1/2 cup of bicarbonate soda in 4 cups of hot water
1 beaten egg
Cinnamon Sugar: 2 tbsp cinnamon with 1 cup of white sugar
Chocolate Dipped :Melted chocolate 500g and sprinkles of your choice.
1. Firstly dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp of sugar in a 1/4 cup of warm water and let it stand for about 8-10 minutes
2. Mix together the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and the salt. Creating a well in the centre of your dry ingredients pour in the yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough, if it looks a little dry add half a tbsp of water, add a little more if needed.
3. Knead the dough for about 7-8 minutes. If you need help on kneading google Paul Hollywood. After kneading ,lightly oil a bowl and place your dough in and cover. Leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
4.Pre-heat oven to 230 degrees C, gas mark 7 and grease two baking trays or using baking parchment.
5. Once risen, on a lightly floured surface divide your dough into 12 equal pieces, and roll out into a long rope like shape. To get the pretzel shape take each end in your hand, twist at the top and lower it down with your twisted ends in the air, and twist once more and place the ends in the middle of the pretzel. Thats how I do it, if that’s not too confusing.
6.Now here you can either choose to do the bicarbonate soda water bath or the egg wash or both. I tend to pick one or the other. For the water bath, just simply mix the bicarbonate soda in hot water and dip the pretzel in, then put straight onto your baking tray. For the egg wash, beat an egg and brush the egg onto the pretzel (while it’s on the tray). For plain pretzels sprinkle with salt and then pop them in the oven. For the sweet pretzels, leave with just the egg wash or water bath and put straight in the oven.
7. Now I cook the pretzels for about 6 minutes then flip them over and do the other side. but look for a nice golden brown texture.
8. Once cooked take the pretzels out and put them on a cooling rack, or if having them plain eat them while they are warm. So yummy.
Right now for the sweet toppings.
1.For the cinnamon sugar mixture, melt a 2tbsp of butter in a pan, and mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a large tray.
2.Brush the melted butter on the pretzels, both sides then go to town on powdering your pretzels with the cinnamon sugary goodness, dib dab both sides, serve and enjoy.
1.For the chocolate dipped pretzels, heat a saucepan of water up with a glass or heat proof bowl on top.
2.Break up the chocolate and put in the heat proof bowl. As the water comes to a boil turn the heat off and watch the chocolate melt. It doesn’t take much for chocolate to melt, and this lets it melt smoothly with a good texture.
3.While the chocolate is melting, get a tray and put what ever sprinkles you might like on the tray. I went for strawberry rocks, silver and purple flakes and hundreds and thousands. Once the chocolate has melted, dip half the pretzel in, then dip the chocolate section into your sprinkles. Shake off the excess and there you have it, party looking pretzels!!
So here are my three pretzels, so yes they kind of look like a child may have done them ( I never said I was culinary genius) but they are really tasty and Richard loved them. They make a cute gift for you Valentine, whether they like sweet, chocolate or savoury it’s a recipe you can try out that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Hope everyone has had a nice Tuesday. Tomorrow its cookies for your sweet.