I love making bread for Christmas gifts. When the house smells like bread, it reminds me of the holidays. Lately, I have been craving pretzels. The really soft ones that you could dip into cheese or mustard. I set out to make some. I found the recipe on Fresh Loaf. The recipe was adapted from Jeffery Hamelman’s book Bread: a Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes. I actually have this book and I didn’t realized this recipe was in there.
1 Tsp of Instant Yeast
1 Tbl of Brown Sugar
2 Cups of Bread Flour
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Cup of Warm Milk
- Place all the ingredients in the bowl and mix until it is fully incorporated. Do not place the yeast by the salt or it will kill the yeast.
- When the dough forms a ball and it is quite stretchy, remove it from the mixer and continue to knead it by hand for 5 minutes.
- Place it in a large bowl covered to allow it to rise. It took about an hour.
- When the dough doubles in size, start boiling water in a large pot and preheat the oven to 425F.
- Shape the dough into little pretzels (I made bows).
- Let it rise again for 10-15 minutes.
- Drop it into the water and when it floats to the top, removed from the water and allow it to dry.
- Once dried, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with salt 5 minutes prior removing from oven.
- Serve (Hot if possible, it is so good)
Btw it didn’t totally taste like a pretzel. The Best Friend (Girl) and myself could not place the taste until I asked The Husband and he said, it tasted like a bagel duh….I have no idea how that happened.
I actually served this at a cookie exchange I had with my book club
I’m planning to make for Christmas gifts. If anyone knows where I could get colored salt, please let me know. I wanted to be a little festive .
Here are some pictures from our cookie exchange.
Tomato and Mozzarella drizzled with vinegar and balsamic vinegar.
Stuff Mushrooms with Italian sausage.
I attempted to make fondue
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Mini Quiches (thanks to Costco)
Here is our spread
Here are the different cookies we had.