I wanted a few bites from a few different countries for my Eurovision party (lets not talk about the UK’s result) and decided to make some tasty German pretzels with a beer cheese dip. I found the pretzel recipe on the blog ‘Sally’s Baking Addiction’ but I halved it as the pretzels were part of a melee of things. Pretzels are a nice bread choice to make as you only need to let the dough rest for 10 minutes before you can crack on with making them. I didn’t sprinkle them with salt – I’ve never been too keen on the crunching into large salt rocks but feel free to do so before you bake.
- 180ml tepid water
- 5g yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp soft butter
- 250g plain flour
- 120g baking soda
- 2,000ml water (or how much fits into your pan)
1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
2.) Measure out the flour into a large bowl and add the salt and sugar. Mix around with a fork as you don’t want the yeast to hit the salt.
3.) Sprinkle the yeast into the tepid water and let it brew for 10 minutes.
4.) Pour the yeasty water into the flour and mix with your hand to form a ball. Tip out onto the counter top and knead for about 7 minutes until the dough is smooth.
5.) Let it sit for 10 minutes
6.) Boil the 2000ml of water and once boiling, add the baking soda. Line a baking tray.
7.) Cut the dough into 10 equal pieces
8.) Roll each piece into a rope (probably a bit longer and thinner than mine if you want really neat pretzels).
9.) Shape the dough into pretzels.
10.) Add the pretzels to the baking soda bath – I did two at a time but you can judge based on the size of your pan. Leave for 15 seconds, flip over and leave for 15 more. Then remove to a baking tray with a slotted spoon. (This step gives the distinctive pretzel taste).
11.) Once all the pretzels have been dunked in the baking soda mix (they look a bit puffy after this) and are all on the baking tray, bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden brown.