Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Homemade Pretzels Recipe

I really love to bake and try to do it whenever I get chance, it just chills me out and I always find it so much fun. Jo Wheatley is my favourite bakers, she won the second series of The Great British Bake Off which is one of my favourite programs and she has since released two recipe books, A Passion For Baking and Home Baking. She has a recipe for sweet and savoury pretzels in one of her books and I decided to give the sweet ones a go recently so I thought I should share the recipe. I adapted some of the ingredients from her recipe to suit me but the original is in her books which I highly recommend for lots of delicious bakes. This recipe is supposed to make 14 pretzels but we made 10 as we weren't too good with making the pretzel shape. Bare in mind this does take a while and it is a long recipe - totally worth it though!
Jo Wheatley Pretzels Recipe
Ingredients:
220g plain flour
300g of strong white bread flour
9g of Sea Salt - I changed this and added normal table salt
7g of easy blend/fast action yeast
10g of soft brown sugar
40g of unsalted butter, melted
200ml of warm water
170 ml of milk, warmed
a large bowl of boiling water
2 tbsp of baking powder
1 egg, beaten

Topping:
2 tbsp cinnamon
80g of caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, melted

2 baking trays, greased and lined with baking paper.

Method:
1. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined. Make a well in the centre
2. In a separate jug or bowl mix together the butter, warm water and milk. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and knead for 12 minutes by hand
3. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large clean bowl. Cover the bowl with oiled clingfilm and leave to prove for around 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. Sometimes I leave the dough to prove next to a warm pre-heated oven which helps it rise quicker
4. When the dough is done, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds
5. The oven should be pre-heated to 210 degrees
6. Next, you should divide the dough into 14 equal pieces and roll out into a sausage shape. You then shape into a traditional pretzel shape
7. Pour boiling water into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the baking powder
8. Using a large spoon, dip each pretzel into the mix and drain on a tea towel
9. Transfer the pretzels onto the lined trays and leave for 10 minutes. Then brush with a beaten egg
10. Place in the centre of oven and bake for 10 minutes until they are a golden colour
11. Let the pretzels cool, preferably on a wire rack
12. While the pretzels are cooling, you can start the topping. Just combine the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl
13. Brush pretzels with melted butter and then sprinkle with the sugar, and enjoy!

I didn't get the best pictures at all, they're so tricky to get right and I couldn't find one of Jo's but trust me it doesn't matter what they look like, it's all about the taste and these really were incredible. I never expected them to go so well!

Have you ever tried making anything like pretzels before?!

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