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Snow Day Soft Pretzels from Scratch

Updated on November 27, 2019
Golden brown
Golden brown

The Inspiration

From an old Farm Journal cookbook
From an old Farm Journal cookbook

The Process

First, yeast is alive. It eats sugar, so first I have to grow some yeast. Then, I have to add some milk, salt and flour and beat it into a glop of dough. If all goes well, it will be on its way to becoming pretzels for me. First I needed warm water. 105 to 115 degrees.

Right now, I have the yeast munching on sugar in a red Solo cup. It seems to be happy. Although, it is waiting for the flour, I'm sure. I have to get the milk up to the temperature between 105 and 115 as well.

I have a cup of milk sitting in a bath of hot water it was 47 degrees F to start, but it's slowly warming up. I have changed the water several times, adding new hot water...it's almost to 105 now.

Getting milk to 105 Degrees Using Hot Water Bath

See how foamy it is. I think that is a good sign
See how foamy it is. I think that is a good sign
Getting warm enough. Add a little more hot water to bath
Getting warm enough. Add a little more hot water to bath
Perfect.
Perfect.

Next - Mix and Beat

Initially, with the yeast and milk, you must mix salt and a flour to the side of the bowl and added the warm milk and the yeast slurry.

With the mixer, I mixed them together


Then - Knead for Ten Minutes

I have to scoop this dough onto a flour surface. Then squish it until it's an elastic ball. They claim it takes ten minutes to knead.

Kneading means you squish the dough ball into the flour, then grab the corners and fold in. Flip over, do the same again. For ten minutes

It must feed the yeast one last time, and it probably adds air. I don't know.

Scrape glob out of bowl onto flour
Scrape glob out of bowl onto flour

Let sit over heat 1 1/2 Hour

It said grease bowl and dough ball, but... I cooking sprayed it.
It said grease bowl and dough ball, but... I cooking sprayed it.
Looks nice.
Looks nice.
The Tupperware bowl has a lid, so I'm covering it. A towel was recommended, but the book is older
The Tupperware bowl has a lid, so I'm covering it. A towel was recommended, but the book is older

It's 11:44 am, so ninety minutes, I'll be ready for next step. It has to, wait... The yeast has to do its thing and the ball of dough needs to double in size.

Raising

Hard to tell, but might be a little bigger
Hard to tell, but might be a little bigger

Register is Warm

Seems like a good idea. The furnace register is running now. It's a warm spot.

Timer Beeps After Hour and Half

Since my baking sheet was cold, I heated it slightly with my toaster oven, by putting the sheet on the toaster and running toaster one toast cycle.

I need flour on this sheet. Since I'm making pretzel bites, I want to roll out ball and cut into strips, but then, cut strips into short stubs.

I have to boil them in baking soda treated water before they are baked

3 eggs and water beat together
3 eggs and water beat together

Drop 2 pretzels in boiling water for one minute. However, I have mini pretzels, I have about 50 pieces, so divided by 10 pretzels .. that 5 pieces each so 10 pieces per boiling should do it.

By the last batch, they all went in the boiling bath. Didn't seem to hurt them. Smile.

Boil in baking soda water.
Boil in baking soda water.
Bake 400 degrees for 18 minutes after egg coating. Until golden brown
Bake 400 degrees for 18 minutes after egg coating. Until golden brown

Bake

Place egg coated pieces on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven, for 18 minutes

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      20 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy Woods, you are welcome!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      When we lived in Wisconsin and there was snow on the ground, I used to make many different types of homemade breads and other types of baking. I never did make soft pretzels, however. Thanks for this old time recipe of yours.

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