It’s Fair Food at Home Week and this Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe is so sure to bring the fair right to your home in just one bite! I have shared some great Fair Food Recipes with all of you this week like our Walking Tacos Recipe, Funnel Cakes at Home Recipe, Mini Corn Dogs Recipe. Having these recipes to enjoy fair food at home will not only save me $$’s but, I now can enjoy Fair Food at Home all year long.
My family is a HUGE fan of soft pretzels. I will quite often purchase the Super Pretzels Frozen Boxes when I have a sale and a coupon. The kiddos eat them as quick as I can buy them though, ha ha. Soft Pretzels are great for an after school or late evening salty snack. When I was a kiddo we didn’t have frozen pretzels or Pretzel shops at the mall (at least until I was a teenager). When we would head on out to all the fairs and carnivals in the summer months we would quite often choose a Soft Pretzel with mustard for dipping as our fair treat.
Since being an adult, I usually will not purchase my Soft Pretzels at the festival as I know I can just make them at home. This Homemade Soft Pretzels is pretty simple and inexpensive. This specific recipe that I am sharing with you my hubby whipped up for all of us this past winter and it was perfect. The kiddos came home from school and ate each and every one of them.
INGREDIENTS (Yield 8 pretzels)
1 1/2 cup Warm Water
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Salt
2 1/2 tsp or (1 pkg) Yeast
4 cup Flour
2 oz melted Butter
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt (can substitute Kosher or Sea Salt)
Combine water, sugar and salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Wait 5 minutes or until it starts to foam.
Use dough hook attachment.
Add the flour and butter and mix on low speed until combined.
Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl(about 5 minutes).
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with towel and sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450.
Line 2 baking sheets pans with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil in an large pan.
Lightly oil your work surface and turn out the dough and divide into 8 pieces.
Roll out each piece of dough into a 2 foot rope. Flip ends of the rope across each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the baking sheets.
Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds.
Place back on the baking sheet, brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
Transfer to a cooling rack.
It’s officially festival season here in Cincinnati. I can not look out my front window without spotting the Festival Signs. I am super excited to hit the festivals this year. I know I will be saving quite bit on fair food this time around. Do you have fair, festival or carnival plans this summer too? If fair food is popular with your family, be sure to drop back by CincyShopper every day this week for a new and fun Fair Food Recipe.