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So, I have been on a search for the perfect pretzel recipe for a long time, as I LOVE pretzels. I found a recipe online, and did a complete overhaul to have the pretzel taste I love so much. The great thing about this recipe is that if you want pretzels in the traditional form or loaves, they both taste amazing.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
2 small loaves
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, and yeast into warm water in a large bowl, dissolving sugar and yeast. Let stand until a foamy layer forms on the water, about 10 minutes. Stir 3 tablespoons melted butter, half-and-half, and salt into yeast mixture.

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  • Beat 1 cup flour to wet ingredients, forming a wet, sloppy dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and gradually knead remaining 1 cup flour into dough until dough is only slightly sticky, about 10 more minutes. Add more flour if dough is too wet. Form dough into a ball.

  • Grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon butter; place dough ball into bowl and turn to lightly coat with butter. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area until doubled, 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Stir baking soda and 3 tablespoons honey (if you like a sweeter crust) into a large pot of water and bring to a full rolling boil. Punch down dough and divide in half. Form each half into a small loaf. Carefully drop a loaf into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Dough should float. Remove loaf gently and let excess water drip off; place loaf on prepared baking sheet. Boil the second loaf, following same steps, and place onto baking sheet.

  • Sprinkle each loaf lightly with salt. Use a sharp knife to cut an X shape into the top of each loaf.

  • Bake on a center rack in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and continue baking until crust is shiny and browned and loaves are done in the middle, 10 more minutes. For a softer crust, brush tops of loaves with melted butter.

Editor's Note:

The nutritional data in this recipe includes the full amount of the baking soda used in boiling. The actual amount of baking soda consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

124 calories; protein 0.7g; carbohydrates 14.4g; fat 7.7g; cholesterol 20.5mg; sodium 3717.8mg. Full Nutrition
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