Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Soft Mini Pretzels with a choice of Mustard or Nutella

Pretzels ........ I've been waiting to bake some forever. When I came across this recipe from Martha Stewart, I finally felt confident that it was possible to bake my own version at home without much hassle. I didn't have sea salt handy so I made these without sea salt. Result was great - nice & soft pretzels. My husband would eat these with mustard & my son with Nutella. I prefer my dose of pretzels un-adulterated with a cup of warm Tea. Let us see how we did it...

Featured on FoodBuzz Top 9

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus some more for surface
A Pinch teaspoon red chilli powder
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
Vegetable oil, for baking sheets
1 and 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
Nutella/Mustard for serving

Method:
In a small bowl mix yeast, salt, sugar, and warm water, keep whisking until sugar dissolves. 
Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl mix all-purpose flour and a pinch of red chilli powder.
Using a pastry cutter cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Slowly pour yeast mixture over flour mixture, stirring to combine. 
Using your hands, gather dough together. 
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for ~5 minutes until it is no longer sticky.
Keep aside covered with plastic to rise for ~30 minutes.
Cut dough into 6 pieces, and roll each into ~12 inch rope. 
Form a U shape with 1 rope, and twist ends together twice. 
Fold twisted portion backward along center of U shape to form a circle
Now gently press ends of rope onto dough to seal the ends. 


Transfer to a well oiled baking sheet and repeat the process for remaining pretzels.. 
Leave to rise for 20 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add baking soda. 
Boil pretzels in batches until puffed and slightly shiny 1 to 2 minutes per each side. 
Transfer to wire racks for the water to drain. 




Return to baking sheet and bake for ~15 mins or until golden brown and cooked through. 




Pretzels will keep, uncovered, at room temperature for up to 12 hours. 
Rewarm in a 250-degree oven if desired, and serve as desired.




You can have these with Mustard as Martha suggests, or Nutella as my little boy would do else, simply  have these plain, whichever way you eat i'm sure you'd enjoy the Pretzels.

Hope you like this & would let me know how much you did !!!!!!!!




26 comments:

  1. That looks delicious, great job with the pictures too. Thanks for the share!

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  2. just came across your blog...u have awesome space here with such mouthwatering recipes and wonderful photos..loved it

    Sukanya

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  3. Your mini pretzels look so cute and the recipe sounds delicious! Great job! :)

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  4. Thx for Appreciating Ladies

    Hugs..Sonia

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  5. Nice! I think I'd like to try them once with mustard, nutella another time and with tea a third time. Thanks for sharing the process. x.

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  6. Mmmm you found my weakness. Big, soft luscious pretzels - with mustard or cheese over Nutella. Or plain. You're making me want them now...

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  7. These look delicious. I have also baked pretzels, here if you want to take a look :) http://hovkonditorn.blogspot.com/2011/08/pretzel.html

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  8. Pretzels looks damn pretty and prefect..

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  9. different recipe but looking attractive

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  10. they look perfectly delicious! and my choice would be the nutella dipping sauce for sure:)

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  11. Wonderful! I have been wanting to make pretzels too! Now you've pushed me to really give it a go. Great job. I love pretzels with yellow mustard. YUM!

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  12. Thank You guys for appreciating the pretzels....!!!

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  13. this looks fabulous Sonia
    I have bookmarked so many pretzel recipes and still haven't made it, these pictures are making me feel like I should do this soon
    bookmarking :)

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  14. never ever made pretzels at home.. looks so good and I will have one with Nutella please just like your little one.. mustard? nah!

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  15. Just happened upon here. those pretzels look so cute.. lovely pictures.. loved the bean soup and the paan! Great going!
    Richa @Hobby And More Food Blog

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  16. Wow Sonia,these are Amazing!!!Would that I could eat these soft & yummy pretzels!Irresistable indeed.I have to try soon.

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  17. These cute pretzels look delectable, Sonia! Love that first shot :)

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  18. Mustard and Nutella please! These look great and relatively easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. So cute r your mini pretzels . should be tasty and delicious.
    nice photography

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  20. Amazing looking pretzels. Think I would have to pair mine with nutella. Congrats on the top 9!

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  21. Gorgeous photos Sonia!! Now I want a pretzel, very badly :)

    I've been holding off to baking a lot these summer - it's way too hot! Can't wait for fall and winter.

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  22. Congrats on Top 9 buddy :) Your photos are looking amazing and those tini tiny pretzels looks perfect.

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  23. I've always wanted to bake home made pretzels. Yours are most inspiring, Sonia.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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