For the Dough
Instant Active Dry Yeast - 1 tsp.
Honey - 3 tsp.
Warm Milk - 5 tbsp
Warm Water - 1/2 cup
All purpose flour 2.5 cups
Gluten - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp.
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) - 1&1/2 tbsp
For Water bath :
Baking Soda - 4 tbsp
Hot water - 2 Cup
For Topping (optional) :
Coarse Sea Salt
How to make the Pretzel
Take all the dry ingredients listed under the dough in a bowl, and mix well. Then slowly add the wet ingredients and mix to a dough.
The dough will be sticky, so dust some flour to your hands and knead again.
Rub some EVOO on the dough, cover and let it rest for at least for 1 & 1/2 hour or until it get almost double in size. Mine was sitting for almost two hours & it was more than double after rising.
Preheat the oven to 200 C degree.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with oil
To shape the Pretzel
Knead the dough and divide it into 5 equal parts on a lightly floured surface.
Now take one dough ball & roll it into a big rope and shape it like a pretzel. Bring the two ends and from the ends, twist it twice and then bring it forward to the centre part of the rope. Press the ends and then turn and keep it downside.
Continue with all the balls.
Getting water bath ready :
MW the water and dissolve baking soda in it.
Baking the Pretzels
Once the shaping is done, take each pretzel and give a hot soda bath. Drop it in and let it stay till you count for 10. Remove and place on a wire rack for the water to drip.
Pre heat the oven at 200C and place the pretzels on a greased baking tray.
Sprinkle some coarse salt and bake for 15 mins.
Once done, brush them with some melted butter.
My dough must have proofed more than required. It was not chewy but very soft and thick. As you can see mine were more bun like than a pretzel. Still I have no complains as my kids loved it.
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