Monday, June 2, 2008

Random Recipe Monday - Soft pretzels

I know I've posted about pretzels before (at least I think I have) but I have to give a shout out to a pretzel recipe that I found to be incredibly easy and tasty. One day last week, I bribed my son (I'm not ashamed to admit it) and offered pretzels as the reward. He has a weakness for soft pretzels and I made him an offer he couldn't refuse; do as I say and warm-from-the-oven pretzels are yours. Ok, Mommy. (No, I don't feel guilty - is that wrong?)

Having used my bribery to good effect I then had to pony up with the goods. I tried a recipe from an amateur artisan bread baker site (try saying that a few times fast) and it was excellent. Ignore the heated debate over whether real bakers would use lye for dunking - yes, lye. Apparently, good German pretzels bakers use lye in some manner to get the crust right. A safe and successful substitute is a bit of baking soda in the boiling water bath (I used about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in my gallon or so of boiling water.)

After that explanation I have to stress again that these are easy. Really. Of course, my sodium levels have only now returned to normal but heck, some things are worth it.


rosemary said...

my pretzel exposure is limited to airport fare and bagged dry crunchies.

Doralong said...

I share your weakness, it just seems I seldom have time to make them any more so I'll have to give this recipe a shot.

And for the record, I have found through the years that bribery is a very effective tool!

Ann said...

I love soft pretzels, too... but have never attempted to make them. Nice post!
Ann at Redacted Recipes