I asked my kids if they would love to have pretzels for a snack. They answered in a chorus that they love pretzels and would love to have them. I was surprised by their answer as they never expressed their liking before. So I went about searching for an easy recipe to make pretzels when I came saw the recipe here.
Once I had the recipe on hand, I questioned my kids as to why they had not been too interested in pretzels. I was told that that the salt sprinkled on top of the pretzels is what was keeping them away from pretzels.
That is so easily fixed, I thought and made the pretzels without the additional sprinkling of granulated salt. My older one and the husband loved them with honey mustard while the little one enjoyed with her favorite tomato ketchup :).
This forms part of Day 3 week 3 of BM #31 under 'After school mini bites'.
Flour (I used All Purpose Flour 2 1/2 cups and Wheat Flour 1 1/2 cups) 4 cups
Active Dry Yeast 2 1/4 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Warm Water 1 1/2 cups
Optional topping - Granulated salt (I didn't use)
Method Of Preparation -
Dissolve yeast in warm water and stir until dissolved. Sprinkle salt and sugar and mix. Slowly add flour one cup at a time and stir with a wooden spoon.
Continue adding flour and when the dough is a little stiff, use your hands and knead into a smooth dough for about 5 minutes. I found that dividing the dough into 3-4 portions made it easier to knead.
Divide the dough into lime sized portions [This depends on the size of the pretzel you intend making]. Roll each portion into a rope of about 1 cm thickness, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
Continue for the rest of the dough and arrange them in a lined baking tray.
Preheat the oven to 425 °F.
Place the baking tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 min and then broil for 4-5 min keeping a close watch on them so they don't get burnt.
Allow them to cool and serve with Honey Mustard for a filling snack.
Also sending these pretzels along to Srivalli's 'Kid's Delight' hosted this time by Nisha at Themagicsaucepan.
Preparation Time 30 min + Baking Time 15 min
Makes approx 30