Monday, December 5, 2011

Over the Top Pretzels

Adapted from this recipe, we might need to tone these down again when we make them again. They are delicious - but do you really need 3 1/2 cups of cheese in a recipe with just 4 cups of flour? :)

1 1/2 cups warm water, 110 degrees F
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for work surface
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 egg
3 cups grated sharp Cheddar

2 tablespoons milk
1 egg 
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a measuring cup, add the warm water and the yeast. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the dry ingredients and the Parmesan and mix together until well combined. Add in 1 egg and the warm water and yeast mixture. Mix until the dough comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface or cutting board. Knead 10 to 12 times, adding a little flour, if sticky. Cut the dough in half and set aside.

Roll out 1 piece of dough to a 12 by 17-inch rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the Cheddar in the middle (short way). Fold 1/3 of the dough over, and sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the Cheddar. Fold the last third over and pinch the edges closed. Roll with a rolling pin to form an 11 by 15-inch rectangle. Cut into 1 1/2-inch lengthwise strips.

Pinch the cut edges together and then roll into cigar shape. Form into a pretzel shape and put on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Repeat with second ball of dough.

Beat the remaining egg and the milk in a small bowl. Mix well. Brush the formed pretzels with the egg mixture and then sprinkle evenly with the kosher salt.

Bake until nicely browned, about 14 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm or room temperature.

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