Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Paula Dean's Soft Pretzels

Paula Dean's Soft Pretzels ( Makes 9 Pretzels)
  • 1 Package yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups warm water (105*F - 115*F)
  • 4 1/3 Cups of bread flour
  • 2  Tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Egg white
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread flour, brown sugar, and salt. 
  3. Stir in yeast mixture and lightly beaten egg. stirring until dough is smooth.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, kneed dough 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  6. Cover with a towel, and let stand in a warm place 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Preheat oven to 425*F.
  8. Divide dough into 9 equal pieces. 
  9. On a lightly floured surface, shape each piece of dough into a 20 inch rope. 
  10. Shape ropes into pretzels. 
  11. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. 
  12. Brush  pretzels with egg white and sprinkle with cheese or salt.
  13. Bake 12 minutes.

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