How to Bake Pretzel Rods

How to Bake Pretzel Rods

Yields: 24 pretzels

Preparation time: over 2 hours

Cooking time: 40 mins

Ingredients needed to make Pretzel Rods:

For the pretzels:

  • 1 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing

For the poaching liquid:

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ cup baking soda

For the topping:

  • 2 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water

Cooking instructions for Pretzel Rods:

  • To make the pretzels, mix the flours together and stir in sugar, yeast and a dash of salt.
  • Pour the water in a steady stream and work them together with your fingers, until they gather together to form a flaky dough.
  • Place it into a working surface, dusted previously with flour and punch it down for about 5 minutes or until it turns soft and smooth.
  • Grease a large bowl with few drops of oil and transfer the dough into it.
  • Roll the dough along the sides of the bowl to oil lightly and wrap it up with a plastic sheet.
  • Allow to rest for an hour or until rises to become double its size.
  • Spread sheets of parchment paper across a couple of baking sheets and set aside.
  • Split the dough into 24 parts and roll each portion into a 9’’ long, thin strip.
  • Arrange the ropes on the baking sheets, spaced an inch apart and place a plastic wrap loosely on top; set aside for another hour to let it rise again.
  • Warm up your oven to 375 degrees F .
  • Empty 8 cups of water into a large saucepan and bring it to a simmer over moderate heat.
  • Stir in the brown sugar as well as the baking soda until they dissolve completely and the mixture froths up slightly.
  • Working in batches, lower the dough strips gently into the hot water and cook them for half a minute.
  • Drain them out, using a metal skimmer and arrange them again on the baking sheets.
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl and whisk it along with a splash of water to prepare the egg wash.
  • Brush it all over the dough ropes and dust them with coarse salt.
  • Bake the pretzels in the oven for half an hour or until they turn dark golden brown and are baked through.
  • Arrange them on a wire rack and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Stuff them in an airtight jar and store at room temperature for as long as a week.

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