Friday, April 20, 2012

Fastest and Easiest Homemade Roll I Know - Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels actually, and they taste like you spent hours in the kitchen preparing them! They are beginner friendly and it's a great way to involve kids in the kitchen.

My family loves these, in fact every single time we have soup my husband looks in the oven just to make sure some are in there. Of course you can make them like pretzels, we just prefer them like a bread roll.

 If you count weight watcher points each pretzel has 7.5 points each.

To make a gluten free pretzel replace flour with this homemade gluten free all-purpose flour blend:
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch/flour
1/2 cup cornstarch or potato starch
1 1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
Or use your favorite gluten free flour blend, but be sure to include the xanthan gum.

Soft Pretzel Recipe:
Preheat oven to 450
1 1/2 tsp. dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (about 105F)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 cups flour
1 beaten egg (omit for vegan)
coarse salt (optional)

In a medium size bowl pour in warm water and sprinkle yeast over the water.
Stir to dissolve. Let sit a minute.
Add salt, sugar and flour, in that order. Mix well.
Add more flour if necessary to form dough into a nice ball.
Knead dough for 3-5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Flour work area as needed.
Divide ball of dough into 4 sections. More if a smaller thinner pretzel is desired.
Mine in the picture are in fourths.

Shape your dough into pretzels or other creative shapes.
To make a pretzel, roll a section of dough into a long snake shape.
Take the two ends, bring them towards you, cross the two sections, and bring the ends to the top. Turn the pretzel over.  It doesn't have to be perfect or exact. The shape is going to expand in the oven as it cooks. It's all for fun.

Lay shapes on a greased baking sheet or spray with cooking spray.
Brush each shape lightly with beaten egg, careful to not let it run down the sides, as it can cause burning on the bottom.
Sprinkle with coarse salt, if preferred.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Less if smaller pretzels.

We cut them open and eat them with butter! Yum, they are fantastic.

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