Original Recipe | Soft Pretzels

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Hello there! As you can see, Vegan MoFo (which I couldn’t even finish) completely wore me out. But I’m back, with pretzels! These soft pretzels are a copycat recipe (adapted from this one) of the ones you’d get at the mall. They’re soft, buttery, chewy and just a tad sweet. I served mine with a “honey” mustard, made by mixing brown mustard with agave. This recipe is simple if you have a stand mixer, and requires about 10 minutes of kneading without. I don’t have a stand mixer so it took some work, but it was definitely worth it. I’ll be back on the Guy Fieri wagon next week!

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Soft Pretzels
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups nondairy milk
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  3. 6 tablespoons sugar
  4. 4 tablespoons Earth Balance melted
  5. 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  6. 2 teaspoons fine salt
  7. 1/3 cup baking soda
  8. 3 cups warm water
  9. Kosher (or any course) salt
  10. 8 tbsp butter, melted in a shallow dish
Instructions
  1. Warm the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. You want it fairly warm, but not hot. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in yeast and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Add melted butter and sugar and combine.
  2. Sift flour with the fine sea salt and add the flour 1/2 cup at a time to the liquid. You can so this in a stand mixer or by hand. Knead for 10 minutes (I did this by hand and it was tough).
  3. Put in an oiled bowl and cover tightly with cling wrap. Keep in a warm spot (I heated by oven to 200 degrees F, turned off the heat and put the bowl in the oven) for 1 hour, until the dough is doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll out each piece into a thin snake shape (if you think it's thin, keep rolling). Mix baking soda and water in a wide, shallow dish. Twist dough snakes into pretzel shapes and dip into the baking soda water. Let excess water drip off and lay the pretzels onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Sprinkle pretzels with course salt and bake for 8-11 minutes at 450 degrees F. Dip in melted butter before serving.
  6. Serve with sweet mustard or your favorite condiment.
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