Remember those big, fat pretzels that you can only find at the mall and maybe during certain holidays? I don’t know if everybody likes them but personally, I am totally addicted to them. Unfortunately I don’t really like going to malls which means no pretzels for me, except maybe during summer when is Stampede time here in Calgary… lots of pretzels then. Anyway, I tried a bunch of pretzel recipes so far and for some reason they don’t come out the way I want, sometimes I don’t like their taste but more often they look like… not a pretzel. lol In the end I gave up on shaping techniques and focused more on the preparation, as you would probably already know, they need to be boiled in water with baking soda and brushed with egg and whatnot, a process way to long for my lack of patience; I just want to enjoy them as fast as I can and as hot as possible.
Now, this recipe is the fastest thing ever which means you can keep making pretzels basically everyday with the least amount of mess in your kitchen… and effort. I didn’t bother with weird shapes, I just made them round and honestly if my picture don’t make you want to try them then I don’t know what will.
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- ½ cup warm water (for pretzel dipping)
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
- poppy seeds (optional)