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Wednesday, 17-Jan-2007 02:07 Email | Share | Bookmark
Pretz!

 
I've been having this unbelievable craving for pretzels for the last couple of weeks. I was too lazy to go the supermarket to buy my favorite Snyder's Honey Mustard Pretzels the other day and thought that maybe it's about time I make some myself.

After relentless search on the internet for a good pretzel recipe, I've noticed that most of them are pretty much the same. Pretzels call for the simplest ingredients, so I didn't really have any problems making them in my own kitchen.

When it comes to pretzels, I've always been a fan of those crispy, hard ones ( except Aunty Annie's soft pretzels ) And for my first attempt, I made mine into sticks.


My ugly looking first-time pretzel sticks

Ingredients:

350 g bread flour ( or any white flour would do just fine )
2 tsp dry yeast
15 g brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 tbsp butter
* 1 tbsp mustard
* 1 tbsp honey

( for the 'hot bath' )
1-2cups of water
2 tbsp baking soda

How to make:

1. Mix the dry ingredients together, melt the butter in the warm water and add the liquid into the dry ingredients. NOTE: Don't add in all of the liquid. Add and mix until you get a rather stiff dough. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
*NOTE: If you want to add mustard and honey in the dough, mix together the mustard and honey and mix it together with the dough. Remember to lessen the amount of water.
2. Place dough in a well oiled dough and leave to proof for 30-35 minutes.
3. Punch out gas, and divide dough into smaller portions. Roll the dough out to form into strings of dough ( thin strings if you want them really crispy and hard, and thick ones for crispy crust and soft insides ) and shape them into a pretzel shape or just cut them off to make pretzel sticks.
4. In a pan, heat 1-2 cups of water with 2 tbsp of baking soda, and using the same technique as mentioned in my bagel entry, dip the pretzels into the almost-boiling water until the pretzels starts to float to the surface, drain them well and coat with coarse salt, grated cheese, sesame or poppy seed.
5. Bake in a well preheated oven of 220deg for 5-10 minutes or until the pretzels are nice and brown.

**If you want a softer pretzel, use 1 1/2 cups of warm water.

It is a little bit time consuming, but the end results is very satisfying I also found out that using a pasta maker with the 3mm/4mm cutter produces even size sticks but I'll show you that later.

Oooppss, I gotta go back to my books now ( while munching on my pretz ). This is just a quick update anyways Catch you guys later!

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Something interesting I found from one of my friends' profile on Friendster and to think that I look like Anuar Zain? And Josh Groban??




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