A few years down the line and I still crave those wonderful delicacies. Luckily I stumbled upon an old American recipe book, and when I saw the Pretzel recipe I was adamant to make my own. The only problem was that this recipe contains yeast, and I was not about to wait for dough to rise etc. etc. I wanted my Pretzels now! I adapted the recipe, tried it and it was absolutely delicious......
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2 cups (500ml) All purpose Flour
3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 tbsp White Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/3 (75ml) cup Full Cream Milk (this is Whole Milk if you are in America)
pinch of salt
Coarse Salt or Salt Flakes
1 Egg - beaten
Rub the Unsalted Butter into the Flour until it looks like crumbs. Add Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt and mix together. Add Milk slowly till all the ingredients are wet. Do not add all the milk at once. You have to make sure that the dough is not too sticky, but also not too dry. If you need more milk, you can add another drop. Once the dough is formed you do not have to let it rest, you can work with it straight away.
Divide the dough into smaller balls. Roll out each ball into a long snake. Twist them into shape and put onto prepared baking sheet. Once you have made all your pretzels, brush them with the egg (egg wash) and sprinkle with coarse salt or salt flakes.
Bake in preheated oven 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (depending on size of your pretzels) - they should be nice and golden on the top.
Serve warm. You can serve them as is or with a delicious dipping sauce. Think honey and mustard dipping sauce or even a spicy salsa or nice guacamole sauce.
Now for that roasted nuts..............mmmmmm
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