BBbrrrr!! I don’t know about you, but this week in the oh so wonderful NKY we are having a cold…freezing cold…blast of arctic weather. I mean -2 degrees with a nasty wind chill. Bbrrrr! Kids are off school, no one is going outside, needless to say the natives are getting restless. All of us! So when I stumbled upon this deliciously warming recipe, I thought what better week to try them out then this cold one!
I altered the original recipe a bit, since I didn’t have all the ingredients and I wasn’t about to brave the weather for some rosemary! And I made it a little healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of white!
What you need:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (I used rosemary sea salt, because I didn’t have any rosemary)
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour(I used whole wheat)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (I didn’t have this)
What you do:
Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, until you get a shaggy dough. Then attach the bread hook, or hand kneed, for about 5 min. Return to bowl, cover and let rise for an hour or so.
Pre-heat oven to 425. Punch down dough and separate into 8 balls. Roll each ball into a snake and shape into a pretzel. I got tired of doing this so I made some just pretzel sticks 🙂
Boil 3 quarts of water. SLOWLY…SLOWLY…add 2/3 cup of baking soda. Submerge three pretzels at a time for 30 sec. each. Use slotted spoon to retrieve pretzels and place on non stick baking sheet (or use parchment paper). Sprinkle with rosemary sea salt (or regular sea salt) Once all have been “washed” in the baking soda/water bath, and all are on baking sheet, place in oven and bake for 15-18 min.
I served mine with mustard and a rockin’ banana pepper relish my aunt made me for Christmas! So good! But, unfortunately I don’t have that amazing recipe…sorry…maybe I can get it from her!
You can find the original recipe, and a recipe for a rosemary cheese dip, here!