Last night I read somewhere that today, April 26th, is National Pretzel Day lol. Not here in Canada, but it was certainly worth making some sort of Pretzel treat to me.
I saw a recipe for Pretzel Bread on Pinterest at Tara’s Multicultural Table – Tara’s Multicultural Table – Pretzel Bread Recipe.
It looked so good I just had to try it. And I have to say, it did not disappoint. The crust tastes just like eating a soft pretzel and the inside was nice and soft and chewy. My husband is home sick from work today and between the two of us, we literally ate half a loaf of it. It is THAT good.
The recipe is on the above link but I will show you some of the steps I took when I made it this morning. It made two loaves and I will be surprised if I have one left to freeze!
Here are my ingredients, all lined up and ready for me to make what is likely going to become a new addiction!
The first thing I did was put the yeast in a large measuring cup with warm water and set this aside for 10 minutes until it was nice and bubbly.
While that was activating, I mixed the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of my stand mixer and melted the butter so it was ready.
I then added the activated yeast and melted margarine to the flour mixture and mixed it until combined. I will admit that I was a little concerned at this point because the dough looked dry and sort of crumbly to me!
Now I cheated and let my stand mixer do the kneading for me until I it formed a nice smooth dough that had some elasticity to it.
I transferred it to a greased bowl, covered it and put it in the oven on proof (you can put it in the oven with the light on too) to let it rise for 45 minutes.
Once the 45 minutes were up, I putted it out of the oven, separated it into 2 “loaves” and let it sit for 10 minutes while I boiled 10 cups of water on the stove and added the baking soda.
When the water was boiling and the 10 minutes resting time was over I placed the loaves in the baking soda/boiling water and let it “boil” for 45 seconds, flipping it over in the water once half way through.
I then transferred them to the parchment paper lined cookie sheet, cut the shallow “X” into the top, applied the egg wash and sprinkled with coarse salt.
Now it was time to bake them. I baked them at 425 on my stove’s Convection setting (450 on a regular oven) and baked it for 25 minutes.
It smelled so good while it was baking that I was almost like a kid sitting in front of the oven door waiting for a batch of cookies to be done!
Bringing it out of the oven was drool worthy. It was all we could do to let it sit for 15 minutes to cool. I literally set the timer on my stove so we didn’t have to wait any longer than necessary. And man was it worth the wait!
This bread is DELICIOUS! That is the only way to describe it. It is the taste and texture and melty butter goodness of a fresh, hot, buttered soft pretzel.
WARNING: You might end up eating both loaves of this bread within an hour of the cooling time ending lol!
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