German Pretzels

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

1 tbsp. dry yeast
2 tsp. sugar
1/3 cup warm water (110-120)
3/4 cup milk
3 tbsp. corn oil
4 cups AP flour (approximately)
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
coarse Kosher salt

In food processor, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water; add milk and oil. Add 2 cups flour, blend til smooth. Add small amounts of flour til stiff, then turn onto floured surface. Knead in the remaining flour til a stiff dough forms, then knead 8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turn to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place til double, about 1 hour. Shape dough in 16 10" ropes, and coil into pretzel shape. Place on a greased baking sheet, 1 " apart. Brush with beaten egg. Let rise til puffy but not doubled, about 15 minutes. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Brush again with egg, sprinkle with Kosher salt. Reduce heat to 350. Bake
about 15 minutes longer, til golden. Makes 16.