This is probably the best pretzels recipe we've tried yet (at least, the best scratch recipe). I know the recipe came from the internet, but Justin found it, printed it and never told me where.
- 17 2/3 ounces plain flour (about 3.5 cups)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/8 ounce yeast
- 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons butter (soft)
- 2/3 cup milk, mixed with 2/3 cup water
- 4 1/4 cups water
- 1 tablespoons salt
- 3 ounces baking soda
- coarse salt, extra
1. Mix the first 6 ingredients together and knead to a soft dough, about 10 minutes.
2. Then let it rest in an oiled bowl, covered, until the dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
3. Form into 14 bread rolls/pretzels/croissants. Place on baking paper well spaced, and allow to rise again (about 20-40 minutes). (Ours made 8 dinner rolls)
4. Mix the water, salt and bicarb in a stainless steel pan and bring to the boil. Take it off the heat.
5. Take the risen bread rolls, and using a slotted spoon, dip them one by one in the baking soda, drain well and set back on the paper. (We brushed them with the mixture, as it's much easier than dipping.)
6. Cut slits in the bread rolls with a sharp knife and sprinkle with extra coarse salt.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the middle of a preheated 400 degree oven.