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30.9.13

OKTOBERFEST - HOMEMADE PRETZELS

homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is right around the corner. And you know what that means? 

PRETZEL TIME. 

Small tidbit on Oktoberfest...
Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany and is apparently the world's largest fair attracting about 6 million visitors. The fair is held for about 16 days and is filled with all sorts of German foods like...you guessed it - pretzels. 

These homemade soft pretzels are as good (in my humble opinion) as Auntie Anne's pretzels. Not as greasy, however (though you can add more butter according to each person's preference), and they're super easy to make. It's your basic bread prep method plus a few extra steps like shaping your dough into pretzels and dipping them into a baking soda/water mixture. Then a simple bake afterwards as you would bread. 

I kneaded the dough by hand (since I was visiting my mum when I made the recipe and didn't have access to a good mixer) but I would recommend using a KitchenAid. Unless of course you're trying to use the 5 minute knead as your excuse for skipping the gym, then by all means, skip the mixer.


What is your favorite pretzel recipe?





Yeast should foam before being added to the flour...

homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest


doubled in size...

homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest
homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest







HOMEMADE PRETZELS RECIPE
Yield: 12 pretzels

INGREDIENTS
4 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 c warm water

5 cups flour
1/2 c white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 T olive oil


1/4 c baking soda
2 c hot water

kosher salt
1-2 T butter, melted (optional)

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, mix yeast and 1 tsp sugar with warm water. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes until mixture becomes foamy. 

In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Add in oil and make a well in the center. Add in yeast mixture and use a mixer to thoroughly mix dough together. Add in an extra 1-2 T water if dough is too dry to work with. Knead for about 5 minutes (7 minutes by hand). Form into a ball and lightly oil ball. Place in large bowl and place a towel over top. Place in a warm area and allow to double in size. 

In a medium bowl, mix baking soda and hot water together. Preheat oven to 450F.

Once dough has doubled in size, form into a log shape. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Dip pretzels in the baking soda/water mixture and place on greased baking sheet (6 pretzels per sheet). Sprinkle with kosher salt. 

Bake in oven for 8 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. 

*slightly adapted from this recipe


homemade pretzels recipe oktoberfest



If you enjoyed this pretzel recipe, you may want to check out the Fried Shell Taco Salad recipe...

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