Friday, May 1, 2015

Rosemary Sea Salt Soft Butter Pretzels

Guys can we please just talk for one second about where the time has gone?! I do not understand how my little monkey went from this to this....

Ugh! She kills me she's so cute! And she gets so excited to help me in the kitchen!

Soft pretzels are one of my all time favorite things to make with kids. It's like bread turned playdough. Cover them in sugar and cinnamon and those kiddos will love you for life.

But today we are going more the savory route. We didn't have any fresh rosemary on hand this time around but if you do, use it! You won't regret it!

Rosemary Sea Salt Soft Buttered Pretzels
Slightly adapted from: King Arthur Flour

1 c. warm water
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried rosemary or 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
2 - 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. boiling water
2 Tbsp baking soda
2-3 Tbsp melted butter
sea salt

Directions: In a large bowl or stand mixer combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside for about 10 minutes until the mixture begins to foam. If your mixture does not foam, it is likely that your water was too hot and it killed the yeast, simply discard it and start again.

Next add salt, rosemary and 1 1/2 cups of flour. Mix until combined, Continue to add flour until dough is still very soft but just enough that it doesn't stick to your fingers. Knead by hand or in stand mixer for about 5 minutes.

Place dough in a large, lightly greased bowl and allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile bring 1 cup of water to a bowl. Remove from heat and immediately add baking soda. Stir until the baking soda has dissolved. Place the water in a 8x8 baking dish and set aside, allowing the water to cool.

Once the dough has had time to rise preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces for small pretzels or 4-6 pieces for large pretzels. Roll each piece into a long thin rope and twist into a pretzel, or create another shape if desired. The rope can also be cut into smaller pieces for pretzel bites.

Next take your pretzel and carefully place it in the baking soda water bath for approximately 2 minutes. This will give the pretzel a nice golden crust.

Finally place pretzels on a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes and then bake for 8-9 minutes.

Once the pretzels are done baking coat liberally with melted butter and top with sea salt and enjoy!

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