Ladies Camera Club

9 Jun 2015


Ellie adores pretzels,  both the variety you get in a bag and the fresh ones.  The saltier the better!

Last week we visited the Trafford centre where we discovered that they have a new fresh pretzel stand.  She couldn't believe it and so was in her element!!!

She has done nothing but talk about them all week so I researched the easiest recipe I could and came up with this awesome recipe....... To satisfy her hunger for more without a 50 mile round trip!

Using a combination of a few recipes, I worked out this one to be just right.

1tbs yeast powder
1tbs sugar
1tbs salt
2 cups warm water
4-5 cups of flour
1 egg
1tbs oil

Froth up yeast and sugar in warm water in a large bowl.  Don't judge, I used a large jug!

Allow to bubble for 2-4 mins.

Add the salt then 3 cups of flour.  Mix with a wooden spoon and keep adding more flour (I got to about 4 cups at this stage), then turn out onto a floured surface.  

Knead and stretch into a dry spongey dough for about 5 minutes.  Keep adding flour until it resembles bread dough.

Grease a bowl with oil and plop the smooth dough in to prove for about twenty minutes in a warm space. I put cellophane over the bowl to make thermal.

When doubled in size, turn out into a floured surface and knead lightly.  Divide into 12 pieces.  Roll into 8 inch sausage shapes then tuck into a Staffordshire knot shape.

Place on a oiled baking tray and prove for 15 minutes.

Put a pan of water onto boil and add a pretzel for one minute at a time.  I put three in as it was a large pan.  Please make sure you run this process, the boiling part is integral to the pretzel process!!!

When boiled, place back on the baking tray and glaze generously with a beaten egg.

Put in the oven on 230 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly golden.

She had hers served hot over melted butter and rock salt

And I had mine over melted butter and sugared cinnamon 

And even though mine were not gluten free, it will be worth the impending, searing pain I'm about to ensure because of it!

Enjoy x

Look at this lil pushka whom kept me company during the rest of the day.  Love him to bits x

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