Pretzels are a delicious food that comes in many shapes and flavours. Even in Different textures and hardness’s.
In the beginning traditional pretzels were shaped with the layers crossing. This is actually a religious symbol. It symbolizes a praying child, because children used too and in some places still do pray with their arms crossed.
In preparation of making pretzels they need to be dipped into boiling water with baking soda mixed in to use as a base. Using a base is important because it gelatinizes the starches on the outside of the pretzels giving it a slimy texture. This is important because when you cook the pretzel it will come out with an almost nutty flavour. It will also have a deep brown colour with a glossy look. This makes the pretzels more appealing and flavourful.
The recipe for these pretzels is:
Warm Water 180mL
Sifted Flour 500mL
Beaten Egg 15 ml
Coarse Salt, Sesame Seeds, Poppy Seeds
1. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place warm water in a small, preheated dish. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
3. Sprinkle yeast on top and rest for 5 mins.
4. Add yeast mixture to sifted flour and salt. Mix to form soft dough.
5. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead until smooth.
6. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a 25 cm roll.
7. Form into pretzel and allow to rest a few minutes.
8. Meanwhile, boil a pan of water. Just before adding pretzels, add 30 ml baking soda.
9. Gently drop pretzels into boiling water and boil for 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and move to baking sheet.
10. Brush with egg wash and top with desired toppings.
11. Bake at 415°F for 10-15 minutes