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almost - famous soft pretzels

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a recipe by
Beth Hosek
Pittsburgh, PA

We love it. Make them, serve hot before the big game or during half time. On a side note: these are not as good the next day. Make them and enjoy them hot.

★★★★★ 1
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For almost - famous soft pretzels

  • 1 c
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 10 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/3 c
    baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp
    kosher salt

How To Make almost - famous soft pretzels

  • 1
    Make the pretzels: Warm the milk in a saucepan until it's about 110 degrees; pour into a medium bowl.
  • 2
    sprinkle in the yeast. Let the yeast soften, about 2 minutes
  • 3
    stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon
  • 4
    Dice 2 tablespoons butter and soften; stir into the mix.
  • 5
    Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.
  • 6
    Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 7
    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet. Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. (If the dough seems tight, cover and let rest until it relaxes.)
  • 8
    Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope, holding the ends and slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as you stretch. Form each rope into a pretzel shape.
  • 9
    Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
  • 10
    Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes

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