A couple of weeks ago I went to the shopping mall, and my face turned around with the aroma of a fresh pretzel. You know what I’m talking about, that famous pretzel store! That moment was like a whisper on my ears telling me, you have to make homemade pretzel! Oh yes! With more butter, more sugar and more cinnamon! Because let’s be honest the benefits of making things homemade is that you can always improve them as you like! Well, you know me, I started to do my usual search over my books and the internet and I found this recipe that caught my attention because it looked so good and I had to give it a chance!! What did I made different? I replaced ¼ cup of flour for bread flour. Why? Because that will help the dough develop more gluten, and therefore you will have a more tender pretzel. I also included a video from YouTube about how to shape a pretzel, because to be honest with you that was the difficult part of the recipe, at least for me. The recipe is perfect but the lady behind the dough was a terrible pretzel maker. So, If you are a lover of cinnamon, churros, cinnamon rolls or basically anything covered in cinnamon & sugar then this recipe is for you!.
For The Dough:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus ¼ of bread flour and extra more for kneading
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
The Soda Bath:
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 2½ cups warm water
For the Topping
- 4 tablespoon melted butter for brushing
- ½ cup sugar + 2 teaspoon cinnamon for topping
- Warm the milk in microwave (about 30 seconds); pour into a medium bowl & add yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar and let it sit about 5 minutes, until the yeast is activated.
- Once the yeast is activated, stir in the rest of the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon. Then add the 2 tablespoons of softened butter; mix. Add the remaining 1¼ cups flour and salt to make a sticky dough. Note: if your are using an electric mixer just add all the dry ingredients to the mix of milk and mix around 5 minutes in low speed until you get the sticky dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface & knead, adding more flour if needed, knead about 5 minutes. Shape into ball.
- Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line the baking sheets with parchment paper, non-stick mat or grease with butter.
- Divide dough into 6 pieces if you want big pretzels or 12 pieces if you want smaller ones. Use a lightly oiled surface to roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope. Form each rope into a pretzel shape. Click on the link for a Pretzel Tutorial.
- For the soda bath: dissolve the baking soda in warm water in a shallow baking dish. The original recipe stated to dip each pretzel in it, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet. But I did it by brushing the pretzel with the soda water, but you can decide which method is easier for you.
- Bake the pretzels about 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are turning golden brown.Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. Brush pretzels with butter or dip them in it.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mix…and serve warm, is the best way to enjoy it!!