Pretzels are just so amazing! This is one of the greatest snacks you can enjoy. But there are very few options for you to get it in Pakistan as it isn’t as commonly found as you would find it in the States. But here’s the good news- you can actually make these right at home! It isn’t as hard for you to create this buttery goodness. So let me share a really good soft pretzel recipe . They are a bit sweeter than other types and are buttery. Once finished, dip the hot pretzel in melted butter and coat with your favorite flavors. This is great and makes a really good snack you can indulge in with your friends for a movie night! Get into the pretzel madness and enjoy this amazing snack which is definitely going to be a hot favorite, especially as the Winters set in and you can’t resist a little something warm and buttery with your favorite beverage:
What You’ll Need:
1 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), or more as needed
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or more as needed
½ cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
¼ cup kosher salt, for topping
How To Make It:
*Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
*Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
*Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
*In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope.
*Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
*Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.