Tic Tac Dough
I made pretzels tonight mostly because I wanted to check another Damn Good recipe off my list. I like soft pretzels, but I wasn’t overly excited about them – my mistake. In addition to being not too hard to make they were delicious.
First I had to make the dough which is just flour, sugar, salt, water and some yeast to make it rise. Mostly flour. I filled the stand mixer with the flour and salt mixture and then made a well in the middle to pour the yeasty water into. Mix for 8 or 9 minutes. I had to add a few tablespoons more of water to get the right consistency and I had to stop the mixer a few times to pull the dough off of the paddle. I should have used the dough hook, but that didn’t occur to me until just now.
After letting the dough rise for an hour I rolled it out into 8 sticks. I didn’t account for the rising time and thus Max went to bed again with the smell of something baking.
They had to rise again for a few minutes and then I rolled them into longer pieces and twisted them into pretzels. I found a video on YouTube that showed how to do the twist. I would not say I am an expert or anything, but I did get the hang of it after watching the video a couple of times.
I twisted all eight of them and then let them rise again for 15 minutes. I dipped them all into a solution of water and baking soda, sprinkled liberally with sea salt, and then popped them into the oven. They only take about 10 minutes to bake with a rotation half way through. They came out golden brown and warm.
Now for the best part. Way back in January I made Annie’s Mustard. It takes a few months to set so I haven’t used any of it until today. I took a quick test last week when I remembered that it was ready, but this was the first time I’ve put it on food. It was almost painfully tangy. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a mustard quite like it. It seemed like a cross between wasabi and regular yellow mustard. I loved it.
Recipe #92: Hot Damn Buttered Pretzels
Damn Funny Quote of the Day: Daddy is a pretty good cook….so far. – Max, a pretty good son