Season 1; Episode 13
Categories: Snacks, Bread
|1||teaspoon||Dry active yeast|
|1||Cup||Warm water||About 100°F|
|2½ - 3||Cups||All purpose flour|
|1||Quart||Very hot water||Not boiling|
Mix first 3 ingredients in a medium stainless steel bowl – add water and stir. Allow yeast to set for around 3-4 minutes.
Slowly fold in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing with your hand, until a soft dough forms and the bowl gets cleaned by the dough. Add 1 tsp olive oil rubbed around the inside of the bowl, flip the dough over, cover with plastic and allow to rise (overnight in the fridge is ideal, but at least an hour).
Remove dough from the bowl and cut into 8 uniform pieces. Shape the dough using techniques in the episode or you can get creative with your own ideas.
Mix very hot water and baking soda and add pre-shaped pretzels to this bath and allow to sit in water for at least 30 seconds, getting the water all over the surfaces.Remove from water, brush with 3 tsp melted butter (microwave) and sprinkle with coarse ground salt. Bake in a 450º F oven for 12 – 15 minutes on the top rack.
Dipping Sauce Ideas:
Homemade Honey Mustard
Roll in minced garlic and shredded Asiago Cheese
Banana Peppers and Bleu Cheese
Wrap your favorite frank in pretzel dough (these were AWESOME)