Welcome to the first installment of “Recipes my Husband Loves,” here on JoyFoodSunshine! In honor of my husband’s birthday week, I’ll be sharing some his favorite foods! This homemade Pretzel Bread is one of my most requested recipes, not only from my hubby, but also from friends and family. It is dense, soft, chewy, buttery, salty and oh-so-delicious. Since this Pretzel bread is one of my my husband’s favorites…I thought it would be fun to let him tell you about it!
So here is what my main man says about this recipe:
- 2 ¼ tsp yeast
- 1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F)
- 2 TBS whole milk
- 3 TBS brown sugar
- 4 TBS butter, melted
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 quarts water
- ½ cup baking soda
- Kosher salt to taste
- 2 TBS butter, melted
- 1-2 TBS coarse sea salt
- Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in a bowl. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes (until foamy).
- While yeast is resting…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
- Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of your standing mixer. Add milk mixture.
- Using the dough hook, mix in salt, then add 2 cups of flour.
- Mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated. Slowly add the rest of your flour.
- Knead in your mixer until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball. (DO NOT knead with your hands. You want your dough a little sticky).
- Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, knead the dough by hand for 5-10 minutes until the dough is elastic and satiny. Place dough back in the bowl and recover for 1 hour. (*NOTE, Don’t let it rise for more than an hour or the bread becomes fluffy instead of dense and delicious*)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda. (Do this very slowly or you will have a water/soda eruption)!
- Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
- Make 2 or 4 separate balls of dough, forming them into the shape you want (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from forming the ball into the water).
- Drop one of the balls into the boiling baking soda water. Boil for 60-90 seconds on each side, turning it once to guarantee both sides have been boiled.
- Drain the excess water from the dough and place it on a well-greased baking sheet. (Do not use parchment paper)!
- Immediately sprinkle the large salt over the bread to your specific tastes.
- Use a knife to cut a small incision on the top of the bread so the dough can expand.
- Repeat with second ball of dough. (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from boiling onto the pan, into the oven).
- Cook the bread for 22-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once.
- Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the melted butter over the loaves to guarantee a soft crust.
If you have a bread maker…just add all ingredients to the pan in the order listed and set it to dough cycle, then proceed to Step 7!
You can reheat the bread on a low temp covered in foil if you decide to make it a bit ahead of time. I cover it with a tea towel or something if I’m not going to serve it right away.
I adapted this recipe from one I found on allrecipes.com years ago, and I can’t find it now. However, after I did some searching, I believe this is it!
Once you try this homemade pretzel bread you will not be able to really enjoy any other store-bought or restaurant-made varieties again. #sorrynotsorry
Do you make homemade bread? If yes, what’s your favorite type to bake? If no, what’s holding you back from giving it a whirl?!
If you make something from JoyFoodSunshine I would love to see your creations! #joyfoodsunshine
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