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Oktoberfest Pretzels

Oktoberfest has officially started and that usually means consuming lots of bier with the traditional Bavarian snack, the Pretzel! These salty, soft and crunchy twists of dough are the perfect accompaniment and surprisingly very easy to bake. We're sharing the basic recipe, but highly encourage you to get creative... add cheese, sweeten them with sugar and cinnamon, or mix in some savory herbs. Here's what you'll need:



1 Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water 
  • 1 packet of active instant yeast (approx 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour plus more for the counter surface to knead and roll
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • course sea salt for sprinkling

     



2 Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. 
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, use silicone baking mat, or grease a sheet of Aluminum Foil and set aside.
  3. Stir yeast into warm water for about one minute until mostly dissolved.
  4. Stir in salt and sugar. 
  5. Slowly add flour one cup at a time and mix with a wooden spoon. After 3 cups, add flour one tablespoon at a time until its no longer sticky. The dough is ready to knead if it bounces back when you poke it.
  6. Flour your work surface and start kneading the dough for about 3 minutes. The dough should be somewhat smooth.



  7. Form into a ball and cut into 1/3 cup sections (approximately 8 pieces). 
  8. Start rolling! We found that it was easier to roll between our hands allowing the dough to elongate to about 20 inches rather than rolling on the work surface. 
  9. Now twist the ends in and press into a pretzel shape. 



  10. Beat an egg and pour into a bowl just large enough to dunk the shaped pretzels one by one on each side.
  11. Place pretzels on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. (Make sure to leave room for the dough to expand)
  12. Bake for 10 minutes at 425F degrees. 
  13. Turn the oven to broil and bake for another 5 minutes or until tops are golden brown. You will want to keep a close eye at this point to avoid burning.
  14. Let the pretzels cool for about 5-7 minutes. 
  15. Now ENJOY! It's best to serve them warm! Eat them plain or dip into mustard, chocolate, caramel... the possibilities are endless!! If you have leftovers, we recommend storing in an airtight container.



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