Something I had missed desperately was soft pretzels. Just not to be found gluten free, at least not in my geographic area. Maybe some frozen ones out there but I haven’t come across them. Plus you know me, I Love to bake and prefer homemade to a bought baked good. So when I saw a soft pretzel picture in an email from King Arthur Flour I knew I had to give them a try.
The dough was very easy to make, dump and mix. I did only a half batch because there is just me to eat them and I didn’t want a huge bag of pretzels in my freezer. Rolling them out was a bit tricky but very do-able. I sprinkled the dough with more flour and soon my pretzels were ready for their baths! Yes – you read that right. Pretzels get a bath in a special combination; this one was boiling water with baking soda and sugar added. You drop them in one at a time and they lay on the bottom of the pot for 2-3 seconds before slowly rising to the water’s surface. Once they reach the surface you can scoop them up. I have a flat wide spoon covered with small holes which is just perfect for pretzel scooping. They get firm and less fragile in that 5 second bath…just lay each on the baking sheet. If you want them with salt, sprinkle it on. I happened to have some actual pretzel salt; fat white crystals. Just sprinkle and bake about 18 minutes. If you want cinnamon sugar leave them naked and when they come out of the oven brush each pretzel with melted butter and then with cinnamon sugar.
The recipe can be found at http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/gluten-free-soft-pretzels-recipe#
The flavor and texture are great especially eaten as soon as they are cooled enough to handle. Read pretty hot for me! I adored the cinnamon sugar and enjoyed the salted ones. If you want them soft, bake them the minimum time; check a minute early and pull then if they are to your liking.
They do freeze well and when you warm them up in the microwave the pretzels are fairly close to how they were fresh.
Just do it: make them this weekend; you know you have been dreaming of a gluten free soft pretzel for years now……