Game Day Pretzels
Soft Baked Pretzels
2 1/2 Tbsp butter, cubed and at room temperature
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 cups warm water (110°-115°F)
1 packet active dry yeast
5 c. flour, plus more for kneading
10 cups water
2/3 c. baking soda
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp water
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle yeast on top and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add 3 cups of flour. Attach dough hook and mix on low speed ("stir" if you have a KitchenAid), gradually increasing to medium speed (3 or 4) as the flour gets incorporated. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Mix in the remaining 2 cups of flour until the dough gathers around the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be VERY sticky.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, adding more flour if necessary (I used about an additional 1/4 cup). and kneading until smooth and elastic - dough should not stick to your hands.
Lightly grease a large bowl with the vegetable oil. Place the dough into the greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or put into a plastic bag and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour
Preheat oven to 425°F and spray baking sheets with non-stick spray. Punch dough down and divide and shape into an even number of balls, roughly the same size (I made 8 but could have made more for smaller pretzels). Roll each ball into a 24 inch long rope. Bring the ends together to start to form a circle, then twist ends once and lay over the opposite side of the circle, pinching the ends together to seal.
In a large pot, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Carefully drop the pretzels into the boiling water. Cook for 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon. Transfer cooked pretzels to prepared baking sheets.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown. Transfer pretzels to a wire rack to cool completely or eat once cool enough to handle. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice or eat plain.
For more pics and to read about what I did while I was waiting for my dough to rise, head on over to Elfie's Edibles!