I've told you before that sometimes I get these sudden cravings for foods from "back home"...well the other day when I was refreshing my sourdough (yes I still have it and I'm happy to say that it's nice and strong!) I decided to try making some soft sourdough pretzels that I love and can't find here...especially Auntie Anne's.... Is Auntie Anne's only on the East Coast? Hmm.. anyways they make really good soft pretzels and after thinking about how much I miss them and how mouth watering delicious they are...I thought I might give it a try.
They actually didn't turn out that bad I must say! Still not the same thing... but they tasted great!
- 1 cup sourdough (from the fridge)
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 packet of active yeast
Add the above ingredients to your mixer and put it to work!
Here is the sourdough that I used. I will always thank my friend Alessandra for introducing me to this wonderful ingredient. I wrote a couple posts about making sourdough from scratch. It takes time and patience but it is definitely worth it in my opinion.
Once the dough detaches from the sides of the mixing bowl and is nice and smooth it's ready.
Form the dough into a ball and place covered in an area to rise for approximately 45 minutes.
It will not have risen a lot but you can definitely see that it has grown some.
Now the fun part... divide the dough into sections as pictured below. Each section will be rolled into a pretzel form.
While making each pretzel, I put the pieces back into the covered container so that the dough wouldn't dry up.
Now roll out a long string of dough and form your pretzel. My first pretzel turned out really bad lol but the last couple I did were pretty professional looking I must say... it gets easier as you go....
Keep a mixture of water and baking soda next to you which you can use to make things easier in the rolling out process if the dough get too dry. The baking soda gives the pretzel the nice brown color while baking.
I don't know if this is the right way to do it or not but it worked out pretty well for me.
Now all that's left to do is place on a baking sheet, brush on the water/baking soda mixture, add some coarse salt and pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 375°.
So that's how I satisfied my craving for sourdough pretzels. I mean...I didn't eat all of them. Just one..or two...
with lots of mustard on top... obviously!
Have a great weekend!