Laugenbrezel [Original German Bräuhaus Pretzels]

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TROY RAY

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Ever wonder how to make these gorgeous pretzels? The traditional way? Well, here goes . . !

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★★★★★ 1 vote

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Serves:
Makes 4 Large Pretzels
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    barley malt syrup ***
  • ·
    *** you can purchase this at www.shoporganic.com [search: "eden foods - organic barley malt syrup"]
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, softened + more for serving
  • 4 c
    all purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    baking soda
  • ·
    pretzel salt or coarse salt for finishing pretzels

How to Make Laugenbrezel [Original German Bräuhaus Pretzels]

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven with baking, bread or pizza stone to 500 degrees.
  2. Stir together barley malt syrup and yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit until top is foamy [about 10 minutes].
  3. Add butter, flour and salt and mix until dough forms. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic [about 8 minutes].
  4. Separate dough into 4 equal parts. Working with one quarter at a time, roll dough into a 20" by 1" rope. On a piece of parchment paper, shape into the traditional "pretzel shape" [see photo]. Repeat with remaining three pieces and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Bring baking soda to a simmer in 1 cup of water in saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until baking soda is dissolved. Generously brush each pretzel with the mixture. Sprinkle with coarse pretzel salt.
  6. Using a sharp paring knife, make a 4 to 5 inch slash along the bottom of the pretzel [see photo].
  7. Using the parchment paper, carefully transfer two of the pretzels to the baking stone and bake until a rich, dark brown [about 12 to 15 minutes]. Repeat with remaining two pretzels.
  8. Let the pretzels cool for 8 to 10 minutes, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with more salt [if desired] and serve with beer, coarse-grain mustard or cheese. Enjoy!

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