I love pretzels! These were sold everywhere in Romania. It was the kind of thing one could buy to eat as a snack on the street. The stands were filled with delicious smelling pretzels, covered with sesame seeds or salt. The only question is why I haven’t made these at home before now.
These are not hard to make and it’s true that they need a bit of faffing with the boiling before baking, but that takes a very small amount of time anyway. Amazingly, the pretzels turned out exactly how I remembered them from my childhood. The texture is spot on.
Ingredients for 10 Pretzels:
– 500g white flour
– 1 tsp yeast
– 2 tbs sugar
– 250 ml warm water
– 1 tbs oil
– 1 tbs heaped sodium bicarbonate
– white and black sesame seeds
– sea salt
Add the flour, yeast and sugar, pour the water in the mixer ball and mix it for 8 min after it incorporates. Rub the oil on the ball of dough and leave to prove until double in size. Flip the dough on the worktop and divide it in 10, beofre rolling each piece into a 60cm string. After all the string are made, take each one and shape it into the pretzel, making sure that you push firmly the ends into it to seal them.
After this, boil 2l of water and turn the oven to 230C. Prepare 2 large trays by placing baking parchment on them.
Once the water is boiling, add the sodium bicarbonate, wait for the foam to dissipate and add 1 or 2 pretzels, depending on the pan’s size, into the water. Boil them for 30 seconds on each side. Use a spatula to take each one out, rinse with cold water, and place it gently on the tray. While the other 2 pretzels are in the water spread some sesame seeds on the one just taken out and some sea salt.
Once all the pretzels are on the baking tray ready to be baked, put the trays in the oven. Leave to bake for only 10 minutes. When they are golden brown they are ready and you can transfer them on a cooling rack.
Have you ever made pretzels?