Pretzels, are those rolls that you can find everywhere in Germany and that you can eat at any time of the day. Many legends revolve around this bun. I tell you the one I prefer: That of a German baker. First condemned to death by the lord of the kingdom, he finally decides to pardon him if he invents a bread in which the sun shines three times. The baker finds the solution to free himself: the Pretzel 🙂
First, here is the list of the different ingredients you will need to make about 10 pretzels
- 500 g or 1 lb flour
- 200 ml or 2/3 cup milk
- 100 ml or 3 1/2 oz water
- 30 g or 1 1/4 oz soft butter
- 10 g or 3/4 Tbsp salt
- 20 fresh baker’s yeast (about ½ cube)
- 1 handful of coarse salt
- 75 g or 3 oz baking soda
Now here are the few steps you will need to follow to make the Pretzels
In a saucepan or in the microwave, warm the milk and water and then put them in a bowl. Pour in the yeast and mix until it is dissolved. Then add the flour, the butter, softened, the salt and mix everything. Knead this dough until you get a smooth texture.
Lightly flour another bowl and place the dough in it. Cover with a cloth and let your dough rise at room temperature for 1hour to 1hour 30 (it must double in volume). Once raised, separate your dough in 10 pieces. Roll each of them in your hands until you get a string about 50 cm long. Then shape these “sausages” in the shape of traditional pretzel. The Internet is full of videos of tips that I invite you to watch!
Preheat your oven to 220 °C or 425°F.
In a large saucepan, boil 2 Litre of water and pour in your baking soda. Plunge your pretzels 20 to 30 seconds one after the other, until they rise to the surface. Place them on a baking sheet, ideally covered with baking paper. Do not over-tighten, they will swell when cooked. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.