Mall Pretzels

Big chewy pretzels like those sold in the mall! You may substitute garlic salt or cinnamon sugar for the coarse salt if you wish.

Yield

1 dozen

Ingredients

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F/43°C)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 cups warm water (110°F/43°C)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.

Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8-inch square pan.

After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on parchment covered baking sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°F (232°C). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes

Additional Information

When forming the ropes, roll each one to about half the length you want, then set it aside while you roll the rest. By the time you get back to the first rope, it will have rested enough to roll further.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182; Total Fat: 2.4 g; Cholesterol: 5 mg; Sodium: 1783 mg; Total Carbs: 34.6 g (Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g); Protein: 4.8 g

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