My first attempt…. trying to use my bread maker to its maximum potential!!!
from my Cuisinart bread machine recipe book
makes – 8 pretzels
3/4 c. water (80-90 degrees)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups + 6 tablespoons bread flour
2 teaspoons yeast
2 c. water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1. Place water, salt, brown sugar, bread flour and yeast (do not add the second amount of water or baking soda) in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle. Place in bread machine.
Press Menu, self dough/ pizza dough and dough size. Press start to mix, knead and rise.
2. When cycle is completed, remove dough from machine and transfer to lightly floured surface. Divide dough into equal parts. Roll each ball into a thin rope. (PS – Playing with dough is super fun!! It’s like play doh for adults!)
Twist the ends twice then bring in the middle to make a pretzel shape (you can look up how to do this on youtube if you want). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT wax paper – I was about 30 seconds away from disaster – not smart.) Cover with plastic and allow pretzels to rest for about 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Place 2 inches of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 2 cups water and baking soda in a small bowl, stir and reserve.
4. Once pretzels have rested and water comes to a boil, carefully slide pretzels into the boiling water one at a time. Flip each after about 1 1/2 minutes. Boil for 3 minutes total. Allow pretzels to drain on a wire cooling rack. Dip each pretzel into the stirred baking soda solution and place back on baking sheet. Bake in the oven until dark and golden, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. When pretzels are finished, transfer to a wire cooling rack.
5. When done, melt some yummy butter and generously add kosher salt.
6. Give some to the man in your life you would like to be impressed at your homemaking skills. Crack open a diet coke, plop yourself down on the couch with a fantastic movie or (cough cough, 30 rock of course) and enjoy yummy, buttery, homemade soft pretzels, thanks to you, bread machine!