Pretzels are very often a staple at Amish youth gatherings. These pretzels are soft and beautiful and delicious!
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 ¼ teaspoons Saf instant yeast
1 cup warm water
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse salt (optional)
2 tablespoons each butter and honey melted together, or 3 tablespoons butter, melted.
Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl or mixer. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to bloom. Add salt and 2 cups flour and mix until smooth. Add ¼ cup more flour at a time and knead until dough pulls away from the sides and bottom of the bowl. Turn on to a work surface and continue to knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft and smooth. The dough shouldn’t be sticky but shouldn’t be tough either. Spray a plastic bag with cooking spray and place the dough inside the bag and seal. Let rise 30-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500°F. (Yes! 500°) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and let rest for about 5 minutes. Combine baking soda and very warm water and place in a shallow bowl and stir until dissolved. Roll the dough into long ropes, about 12” long and twist into the shape of a pretzel. Dip in water and baking soda. (You will have to stir the water/soda mixture each time to keep it from separating.) Place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt or coarse salt. Let rise for 10 minutes.
Bake the pretzels for 7 to 9 minutes or until they’re golden brown. While baking, melt the honey and butter together if desired.
Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush or drizzle with the honey butter or with butter. Best when eaten warm! Makes 8 pretzels.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Visit JenniferBeckstrand.com for recipes, upcoming events, and news about books and giveaways.