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Friday, February 5, 2010
Mall Pretzels You Make At Home Without Paying Through The Nose For A Home Kit !
Mall Pretzels ♥ WeightWatchers® points = 4 per serving.
prep: 30 min. cookin' 20 min. 12 servings, ready in 3 hrs.
nutritional data: calories, 182 total fat, 2.4g cholesterol, 5mg protein, 4.8g
total carbs, 34.6g (dietary fiber, 1.2g)
Fixin's: 1 pkt.activated dry yeast
2 Tbsp. Splenda® brown sugar mix
1 1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 ½ c. warm water, about 110°F / 45°C
3 c. all-purpose flour i prefer King Arthur Brand® flours, but YMMV.
1 c. bread flour
another 2 c. warm water, as above
2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. melted butter (ICBINB works nicely, too)
2 Tbsp. coarse kosher salt i use coarsely ground sea salt, sometimes using flavoured sea salts.
optional toppings: garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.
Workin's: 1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 ½ cups
warm water. Then, stir in the flours and knead the dough on a floured
surface until it is smooth and elastic (approx. 8 minutes).
2. Place dough into a greased bowl, and turn to coat the entire surface.
Cover with a damp kitchen towel, and let rise for one hour in a warm place.
3. Combine 2 cups of warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.
4. When the dough has risen, cut into 12 equal pieces. Hand-roll each piece to
a pencil-thin 3-foot rope, or thinner.
Note: When forming the ropes, roll each one to about half the length
you want, then set it aside while you roll the rest. By the time you get back to
the first rope, it will have rested enough to roll out completely to a 3-ft. length.
Next, twist dough rolls into pretzel shapes, and dip into the baking soda
solution. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and allow to rise
another 15 - 20 min.
5. Pre-heat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
6. After the second rising, bake pretzels at 450°F (230°C) for 8 - 10 minutes
or until the pretzel tops are golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and
sprinkle with coarse sea salt, or any other topping that strikes your fancy.