The boys have been doing more cooking lately (YEAH!) and William wanted to try his hand at soft pretzels. They were a fair bit of work, and needed some mommy-strength to help with the kneading, but the results were great and the boys were happy. Days like this have me looking forward when I can call home from work and have them get supper all ready by the time I get home. Child labour? Maybe. Worth it? Definitely!
Buttery Soft Pretzels
4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
5 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup baking soda
4 cups hot water
1/4 cup kosher salt for topping
Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar in 1 1/4 cups warm water and let stand until frothy (approx. 10 min.)
In a large bowl, mix together flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Make a well in the centre and add oil and yeast mixture. Knead the dough until it is smooth, about 8 minutes. If it is too dry, add a few tbsp. of water. Lightly oil a large bowl, put in the dough, and turn it to coat. Then cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
When the dough has risen, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 parts. Roll each part into a rope, and shape it into a pretzel. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda and water, then place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
From Christa Rose, allrecipes.com