Alright, so I’m not claiming that this is the healthiest recipe in the world, but this is much better than frying the treats like some recipes may call for. It’s also a low-fat way to a delicious treat. I made these Soft Pretzels for Ryan and me the other night and we absolutely enjoyed them. They were also great leftover and warmed up. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
3 tablespoons light butter
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
2-3 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 egg, beaten with 1/2 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt (I just used regular salt, but coarse sea salt would be yummy!)
Combine warm water, brown sugar, yeast, and light butter and mix until combined (I used my stand mixer – you could make these by hand, just be ready for some arm strengthening!). Let sit for five minutes. Mix in salt and flour on low speed until combined. Increase speed of mixer to medium and knead for 3-4 minutes, or until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. If dough appears too wet, add flour 2 tablespoons at a time, being careful not to add too much to dry it out. Knead dough into a ball with your hands and place in a bowl that has been greased with oil. Turn to coat dough in oil. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until double, about an hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease. In a small roasting pan or skillet with tall sides, bring water to a boil. Add baking soda.
Divide dough into 8 equal portions (or 12, or 16 for smaller pretzels) and roll into a 24 inch rope. Shape into a pretzel by bringing ends up and over, crossing in the middle. Boil the pretzels in the water solution for 30 seconds. Remove from solution with slotted spoon or spatula, and place onto greased and lined baking sheets. Brush tops of pretzels with egg/water mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until brown. Allow to cool 5 minutes before eating.
Tastes great: Alone or served with honey mustard, ranch, cheese sauce, cinnamon sugar, etc.