Pertinent Pretzel Pointers

Pertinent Pretzel Pointers

If I was stuck on a desert island, pretzels would likely be one of my choices for the three items that I could have with me (I don’t think I could ask for a continually stocked kitchen, but I’d do that if I could). They’re absolutely delicious. I enjoy the hard ones from a bag for a quick snack or side with my lunch, but my real favorites are the huge soft ones you can get at sporting events. Personally, I love to get a cup of nacho cheese to dip the pretzel in. Yeah, I could go on and on. Anyway, here are three tips I've learned about pretzel making through trial and error.

Let Dough Rest: Okay, I understand that you love pretzels as much as I do, and are probably used to getting them ten seconds after you order them. When making them at home we all need to step back and let the dough relax. After mixing together the ingredients for the dough, it’s important to let the dough rest for at least an hour or two (each recipe may call for more or less time). 

Simmer With Caution: Most homemade pretzel recipes call for the pretzels to be placed in a simmering pot of water, baking soda, and salt. The first few times that I tried making pretzels at home, I got a little bit too ambitious and impatient and wound up with a huge blob of dough in the pot. Since the pretzels expand dramatically in an instant after being placed in the water, only allow two to three pretzels in the hot tub at a time. 

Season BEFORE Baking: Most recipes go like this: make dough, let dough rest, form dough, boil dough, then bake dough. You want to make sure to season the dough before baking, since the seasonings will cling better. If you’re making something like a cinnamon sugar pretzel where you can’t really season before baking (since the sugar will melt all over the pretzel), just give the pretzels a quick dip in melted butter and then dip into the seasonings. Delicious every time. 

Hungry for some pretzels yet? Here are some of my personal favorite recipes from our site: Spinach Feta Stuffed Pretzels, Pumpernickel Pretzels, Auntie Anne's Pretzels

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