Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sweet Pretzels

  The first time I had pretzels, it was the hard-baked miniatures.  They are the most tasteless, almost chalk-like things I have ever tasted!  It felt like someone cooked it with the sole purpose of keeping one's mouth busy, and not for taste at all.  Obviously, I never liked it and still don’t.   However, the minute I bit into a spongy, sweet, plump pretzel sold on a cart in the middle of a shopping mall in Antioch, Tennessee, I was hooked. Instant love!  

 
Sweet Pretzels



This morning when I decided to skip breakfast, I had no clue the thought of saying no to food could trigger a furious desire to eat.  In short, I succumbed to my carnal self and baked some spongy pretzels just like the one on the cart I had on a rainy, summer afternoon.  Maybe it was not raining, but I am just saying.  The whole pretzel experience was so good that my mind has automatically started associating it with my other favorite feature, the rain.   Breakfast ended up being quite good this morning.  The aroma of baking bread filled the room so much it was almost tangible.  It’s pure pleasure to delve into spongy, moist pretzels, and wash it down with a hot cuppa!  Now I have enough zing to get out and burn some of it off on the treadmill. 

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  The recipe for the pretzels is from the Swedish Cakes and Cookies book, but I have changed some of their tedious measurements.  When I tried to convert the dl to cups, I found they were a little off.  Hence, I have made my own corrections, and the pretzels came out well.

Sweet Pretzels


While I sweat it out on the treadmill I hope you have a pleasant experience with baking in your kitchen. Ciao!

Sweet Pretzels

Ingredients:

Butter - 7 Tbspn
Milk   - 300 ml (1 cup is 250 ml)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt    - 1/4 tspn
Active Dry Yeast - 1 Satchel ( 2 1/4 tspn)
All purpose Flour - 3 1/2 cups
Egg - 1 Beaten for brushing

Method:
1. Melt butter on low heat in a sauce pan and add milk when melted and turn off the heat when the mixture is luke warm (115 D F)
2. Add the sugar and yeast and whisk until the yeast is dissolved
3. Add half of the flour and stir with a spatula to combine
4. Add the remaining flour and knead
5. Slide it onto a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 16 parts
6. Roll each part in the palm of your hand as long as you can and shape into pretzels
7. Make sure there is enough space in between the twist and let is rise for 30 -45 minutes
8. Brush egg and bake in a preheated oven for 5 - 8 minutes or until golden brown on top

Oven Temperature: 475 D F
Convection: 425 D F

Contributor: Sunitha

41 comments:

  1. Cute looking sweet pretzels, feel like grabbing some..

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  2. Pretzels look so adorable and yummy..

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  3. We too get those hard tasteless ones here, and i don't buy them anymore too. These look absloutley delicious.

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  4. Omg, its has been a long i had pretzels, yours looks absolutely tempting, prefect and gorgeous ..feel like grabbing some..

    US Masala

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  5. These sweet pretzels look sooo sweet :)Love the color from perfect baking.

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  6. as always tempting recipe, beautiful

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  7. Soft pretzels looks cute and nice recipe.

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  8. cute little pretzels. Been wanting to make it too.

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  9. Yummy cute Pretzels...love it ..Amazing clicks...

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  10. OMG..Such a yummy pretzel, i love them too, specially the cinnamon sugar ones...

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  11. Mouthwatering pretzels. Beautiful!!

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  12. A perfect snack to dipped in hot cup of milo and enjoy the evening my dear..looks delicious:)

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  13. beautiful,love the glossy look of it...

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  14. Superb Namitha and perfect. Looks so yummy.

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  15. Love it....looks beautiful...i too dont like the hard ones...will surely try ur recipe.
    Biny

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  16. No wonder u are soo well maintained girl.. and eating such buterful lovely delicacies...

    Nice one!

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  17. i hated pretzels and then my aunt insisted i try auntie annes or something like that and i loved the jalapeno version...
    these look lovely and if it wasnt for the rolling bit i would have given it a shot

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  18. Bretzels are one of my favourite kind of rolls and I really like the idea of them being sweet!!
    Your pictures are so beautiful!

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  19. I love those big soft pretzels you can get at the mall. And your sweet home-baked ones look wonderful...the perfect treat:)

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  20. Soft and yummy..they looks so adorable.

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  21. nice fluffy pretzels I used to think they were quite huge and crunchy. have a nice weekend

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  22. Hi.
    Love the pretzels with soup and these will be perfect with a dash of butter.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  23. Wow the pretzels look so professional. I love the sweet versions.Georgeous pictures.

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  24. I haven't tried but they look cute i kind of find it like little hug cookie :)

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  25. Making pretzels sweet is so innovative. looks prettty!

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  26. MMMM,..Your home made sweet pretzels look wonderful!! I never tasted pretzels before in my life but yours look amazing!! I love the step by step guide!

    Lovely creations too!

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  27. Beautiful looking pretzels! I think I would love your version better than the normal pretzels too!

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  28. Awesome pictures chechi...I had the same experience the first time and never dared to try it agen.. But the pics makes me drool!!

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  29. Awesome pictures chechi...I had the same experience the first time and never dared to try it agen.. But the pics makes me drool!!

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  30. pretzels looks soo wonderful...bck to college days....wonderful memorable...

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  31. I so agree with the miniature hard pretzels. This looks pillowy soft just the way it should be.

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  32. Love it....look so perfect, really feel like grabbing some.....breakfast or any other time of the day....

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  33. I am not a big of those hard and salty pretzels from the store. This one looks lip-smacking good.

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  34. love the way the camera has captured this one...do u have a guide to photographing food on your blog...if yes...pl direct me to it...if no...we need to learn...so pl put together something for us :)

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