Pretzel Bread


Ingredients
2 ¼ tsp yeast
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F)
2 TBS whole milk
3 TBS brown sugar
4 TBS butter, melted
1 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 quarts water
½ cup baking soda
Kosher salt to taste
2 TBS butter, melted
1-2 TBS coarse sea salt

Instructions
  1. Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand for 5 minutes (until foamy).
  2. While yeast is proofing…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
  3. Once yeast is proofed, add milk/butter to yeast mixture and mix on low speed with dough hook until just combined.
  4. Add salt and flour and mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated.
  5. Knead in your mixer until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball, you may need to add a little more flour 1 TBS at a time, but be careful, you want your dough a little tacky but not too sticky to handle.
  6. Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place to let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda (Be careful or you will have a baking soda/water explosion)!
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
  9. Make two balls of dough the same size (NOTE: The total weight of the dough comes out to be about 800 g, so each loaf should weigh about 400 g), forming them into the shape you want (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from forming the ball into the water). Drop one of the balls into the boiling baking soda water. Boil for 60-90 seconds on each side, turning it once to guarantee both sides covered. Drain the excess water from the dough and place it on an oiled baking sheet.
  10. Immediately sprinkle coarse sea salt over the bread to your specific tastes, and use a knife to cut a small incision on the top of the bread so the dough has somewhere to expand.
  11. Repeat with second ball of dough. (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from boiling into the oven).
  12. Cook the bread for 22-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once.
  13. Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the melted butter over the loaves to guarantee a soft crust.
  14. *You can reheat it on a low temp covered in foil if you decide to make it a bit ahead of time. I cover it with a tea towel or something if I’m not going to serve it right away.


Notes
  • If you have a bread maker…just add all ingredients to the pan in the order listed and set it to dough cycle, then proceed to Step 8!
  • You can reheat the bread on a low temp covered in foil if you decide to make it a bit ahead of time. I cover it with a tea towel or something if I’m not going to serve it right away.


Original Recipes visit: Pretzel Bread @ joyfoodsunshine.com

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