Rise Time:50 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: About 2 hrs
You will need:
- pretzel salt
- 10 total cups of water
- 1 1/2 cups warm water approximately 100- 115 degrees F)
- 1 large egg yolk beaten, and mixed with 1 tbsp of water
- 2/3 cups o baking soda
- vegetable oil
- 1 package of active dry yeast ( or 1 tbsp)
- 2 ounces of melted butter
- 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
Step One: Put the water, sugar, and kosher salt into a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Step Two: Sprinkle the active dry yeast on top, and lightly mix.
Step Three: Let the mixture sit for around 5 minutes. You are looking for the mixture to begin foaming.
Step Four: Add in the flour and butter. Knead the mixture until the dough is smooth. Do this for about 5 minutes.
Step Five: Once the dough is kneaded, remove from the bowl. Put about a tablespoon of oil in another bowl equal in size, and spread the oil. Then, place the dough in the bowl.
Step Six: Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm area for about 50 minutes. You want to wait until the dough has doubled in size.
Step Seven: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Step Eight: Bring the 10 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add in the baking soda prior to boiling.
Step Nine: Roll out the dough into 8 24 inch ropes onto a lightly oiled pan. Then, fold each rope into a U shape, and cross over each end. Press down to ensure the dough holds its shape.
Step Ten: Place each homemade pretzel in the boiling water for exactly 30 seconds,k then take out immediately and place back onto the pan.
Step Eleven: Once done, brush each pretzel with the egg yolk mixture, and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
Step Twelve: Let bake for 11-15 minutes until golden brown.
Spicy or Mild Cheese
Cook Time: 15 min
Total Time: 35 min
You will Need:
- 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp butter
- 8 ounces shredded smoked cheddar cheese
- 1 diced shallot
- 3 tsp yellow mustard
- 4 ounces cream cheese (softened and cubed)
- 1-2 seeded and diced jalapenos peppers
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 chipotle chiles, diced
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
Step One: Get out a medium pot, and place over medium heat.
Step Two: Saute the butter, shallots, and garlic in the pot for 3-4 minutes. If you want spicy sauce saute the jalapeno peppers as well. If you want mild sauce leave out the jalapeno peppers.
Step Three: Next, add in the half and half. If you want spicy sauce add in the chipotle peppers as well. However, if you want mild leave the chipotle peppers out.
Step Four: Whisk in the cornstarch.
Step Five: Wait for the mixture to come to a simmer, and then lower the heat to medium-low.
Step Six: Stir in the mustard, and cubed cream cheese.
Step Seven: Add in the shredded cheese slowly while stirring.
Step Eight: Serve once all of the shredded cheese has melted in.
Step Nine: Serve cheese hot with the oven baked pretzels and enjoy!