Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fresh Pretzels

I looooove pretzels fresh out of the oven. They really are best when still warm and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar (or kosher salt, if that is your thing). But, unless you want to eat the entire batch of pretzels in one sitting, you really only get to eat one super fresh pretzel (two, if it's the weekend). So here is a solution: partially bake the pretzels, freeze them, then bake them up as you need them.


INGREDIENTS
- melted margarine, for brushing

METHOD
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. Make six pretzels, or 12 smaller pretzels. Dip into baking soda water, as per the recipe, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
2. If you made large pretzels, bake for 4.5 minutes, 3.5 mins if small pretzels. Remove from oven, brush lightly with melted margarine, and let cool on the baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer. When slightly frozen, place pretzels in a bag in the freezer.
3. On pretzel day: line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place pretzels on the baking sheet. Place in a cold oven. Turn oven to 450.
4. Once oven reaches full heat, bake for 2-5 mins more, or until deep golden brown. Brush lightly with melted margarine and top with kosher salt or cinnamon and sugar (or, forget the margarine and just leave them plain).

27 comments:

Nasreen said...

What's the not frozen baking directions?

Meg said...

There is nothing better than a warm soft pretzel!

Amanda said...

YUM!! Hot pretzels are one of my favorites! Thanks for posting this..so excited!

veganmomma said...

Is there something I can use in place of bread flour?a

BellaTrixx said...

oh man!! i was just drooling over the idea of yummy warm pretzels fresh from the oven earlier today! sounds like a great weekend mission for me!

Run Saraah said...

What a fun idea for appetizers!

jodye said...

I've been dying to make soft pretzels for such a long time, but I forgot until just now! These look delicious, thanks for the reminder!

Hey it's Natée said...

Vegan Dad- I am loving your blog!

I'm a vegetarian working my way towards veganism. Giving up dairy has been my biggest hang-up, but you make it look so easy! My mouth is watering just perusing through your blog. I am anxious to try out your recipes... I want to try them all out! Thank you for sharing!

Kelly said...

I too love pretzels. Very tasty. I might have to try this recipe. It's a little different than the one I have made in the past which required that the bagels were boiled in the water/baking soda mixture.

VeganMama said...

YUM!! My pretzels generally come out hard as a rock. Looking at your recipe I'm guessing I use too much WW flour. Hmm... would using WW pastry flour help them to be softer?

Hello Veggie said...

You are so right, they are BEST fresh out of the oven! Great post.

Sue G. said...

Yum!!!

Vegan Dad said...

Nasreen,
Bake for 10-12 mins, until golden brown.

Vegan Dad said...

veganmomma,
You need the gluten from the bread flour to get the right chewy texture. I suppose you could add about a tbsp of vital wheat gluten to achieve the same effect.

Vegan Dad said...

veganmama,
I don't think so. Like I mentioned in the above comment, you need gluten to get the right texture, and pastry flour is too soft. Perhaps you need to adjust the wet:dry ratio.

Jamie the Foodie said...

i am so making these this weekend! i will slather them with butter & then garlic powder...just like you find at the mall! i hate using yeast, but this seems do-able...not too intimidating!

JENNA said...

oh man i want one of those so bad!

Eating Consciously said...

Cinnamon sugar pretzels are my favorite!

DJ said...

These look superb - and part-baking them is a great idea!

miss v said...

i love hot pretzels and mustard!!! thank you for this recipe!

jd said...

Too funny... I just did a post about soft pretzels earlier this week :)

BTW, I love your advice for partially baking the pretzels & then freezing them to bake for later.

Too bad I didn't have that tip in mind earlier - my bf & I ended up eating way too many pretzels when we made them, just so they wouldn't go bad.

Yea, that was the reason... LOL!

Great post!

JohnP said...

I recently made pretzels, and two of us ate the entire batch within a day. Bad, bad, bad! Your freezing idea is, perhaps, my salvation, and I will be trying it.

Karina said...

Hi Vegan Dad,
I made these last night, topped with cinnamon and sugar. They were extremely tasty! Next time I'll try adding some vital wheat gluten as you suggest, since I have only regular flour.

chow vegan said...

Yum! Fresh pretzels, that sounds so good right now!

Sarah said...

I heart homemade pretzels!

happyherbivore.com said...

i need to move to canada. I was just saying how much I was craving a pretzel the other day and the only "stands" in the malls here add in obscene amounts of butter. ew. hooray!!

Nasreen said...

My husband and I just enjoyed these! I am not a great bread maker, but these came out more amazing than anything from the mall! I'm glad I decided to freeze half the batch, although I wish I had made several batches for freezing. Thanks VeganDad!!!