PRETZELS were something which I have always wanted to make from scratch but could never get to do it. My kids have never seen pretzels before and I wanted them to taste their first pretzel at home made by me. This was my first attempt and I surely can say it was successful. I am sure about its success coz my kids started eating it and then they never stopped until I forcefully moved the tray away from them.
METHOD:- In a bowl, add 2 tbsp of butter and sugar to the warm milk and stir till butter and sugar dissolves in it.
Add yeast, half cup of flour, little warm water to milk mixture and make it a paste. Cover and keep it in a warm place for 30 minutes
In a big bowl, mix together remaining flour, salt, oregano, parsley and rosemary. Make a well in the center, add milk-yeast mixture, olive oil and water (do not add to much of water at a time)
Knead well adding water at intervals to form a very soft sticky dough
Transfer the dough on floured work surface and knead with the heels of your palm to form very soft smooth and elastic dough. This will take around 10-12 minutes
Transfer the dough in oiled bowl, slightly oil the dough and cover with cling wrap. Place it in a warm place for an hour or till it is doubled in size
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees
Grease the baking sheet or tray with oil
In a pan, add 8 cups of water, 4 tbsp of soda and bring it to rolling boil
Punch down the dough and then divide the dough into 16-18 equal parts (Based on the above proportion, but you can even make more of smaller size or less of bigger size)
Roll each part into 16 inch rope. Gently make ‘U’ shape. Hold the ends of the rope, cross them over and press the ends onto the ‘U’ to form the shape of the Pretzel. Keep them on the greased sheet or pan
Now 1 by 1, place the pretzels very carefully in the boiling soda water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water with large flat spatula and place them on the greased baking sheet or baking tray.
Brush the top of the pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle sea salt on it. Bake it for 12-15 minutes or till golden brown.
They are ready and can be enjoyed with butter and a cup of hot Tea or Coffee.