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Sweet Pretzels- #TwelveLoaves


Sweet Pretzels

Pretzels! Yes, that is what I've had on my mind recently. To be more precise, these lovely sweet pretzels. Thinking about baking fluffy and soft sweet pretzels was a wonderful diversion and a way to wind down after all the holiday chaos.


It is hard to believe another year has flown by and I have so much I want to share with all of you! You get one more cranberry recipe (I promise, it's a great one!).

I hoped to share more cookie recipes and something spectacular, like a croquembouche, but it just didn't happen! I did have every intention of having blog posts prepared and ready to go during the kids' holiday break. I thought this is the year I will be super organized. I will surprise everyone.  I will surprise myself.

Then the typical things happened as soon as it hit December 1st. My son got a little flu. I caught the same flu. I had a really crazy fall on my front porch and whacked my head. My head was OK, but my neck and shoulders were not doing that well for the week I promised myself I would have every thing ready for Christmas!! (I'm sure that that sentence is way too long.). But I ended up being OK and was very grateful I didn't injure myself worse than I did. I was even more grateful it wasn't the kids or anyone else that fell on my slippery front walkway. So now to fix that walkway... I want to know how your holidays were? Did you get everything done in time or better yet, ahead of time? What are your holiday preparation secrets? I'm looking for hot tips for next year!! But most importantly, I can't wait to share with all of you these lovely sweet pretzels for my favorite baking challenge: #TwelveLoaves!!

For this #TwelveLoaves challenge day, our hostess is Kim from The Ninja Baker, and she assigned us the theme of a "new year challenge". We were to bake a bread that was a symbol, metaphor, or celebration of a challenge we had personally going into 2015. I was thinking of which way to go with this baking theme, and thought I would tackle something I haven't shared yet: a pretzel! 
Sweet Pretzels


Twelve Loaves New Year Challenge: January 2015 HTML #TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef, which runs smoothly with the help of our bakers. Our host this month is Kim from NinjaBaker.com, and our theme is Happy New Year. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month's tempting selection of #TwelveLoaves Holiday Breads!



    Sweet Pretzels


     Just as I began to roll out the ropes of dough, my baking assistant appeared and he needed some of my dough! My little guy was on a mission to make every sea creature that he knew. He shaped out a crab, a blow fish, an eel, a shark and a star fish!!

    I was completely distracted by his cuteness and by him wanting to take more portions of my dough, and didn't realize I was shaping the pretzels incorrectly.


     The dough was supposed to be tucked under and not placed on the pretzels above!! Sheesh, not the most perfect sweet pretzels. But I had the most perfect fun baking day with my cutie pie!!


    The dough is the same sweet dough I use for many recipes. I always have the best results with this dough and tend to stick to it! The method of making the actual pretzel I found in an older issue of Bon Appetit. As I mentioned, don't forget to tuck the end under the pretzel, the way a pretzel is supposed to be baked. And I think for my next pretzel recipe, I would like to try a savory one!! I can't get enough of pretzels, sweet !

    Happy New Year to all!!

    Sweet Pretzels

    by Savoring Italy
    Prep Time: 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours
    Cook Time: approx 16 minutes

    Ingredients (12 pretzels)
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 (1/2 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
    • 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • egg wash
    • 1 egg plus 1 Tablespoon of water whisked together in a small bowl
    Instructions
    Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Meanwhile, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon of the sugar; let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes). Beat in the remaining sugar, eggs and butter. Beat in cooled milk. Gradually add the flour and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms.

    Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead the remaining flour into the dough, adding more flour if too sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. The dough will be soft.
    Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

    Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper.

    Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a 17"-long rope.

    Form rope into a U shape. Lift top of left end; fold over or under opposite side; press together gently about two-thirds down from the top of right side. Lift right end up, fold over, and press in or tuck under, forming a pretzel shape. Repeat with remaining dough.

    Place 6 pretzels on one sheet and 6 on the other with 2 inches space between them.

    Brush with egg wash and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let sweet pretzels rise for about 20-30 minutes.

    While the pretzels are rising, heat the oven to 350F.

    Brush on another coat of the egg wash. Sprinkle on the pearl sugar. Bake until pretzels are golden brown and cooked through, about 16 minutes. Rotate trays around about 1/2 way during baking time. Transfer sweet pretzels to a wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

    18 comments

    1. Well, now that I finally tackled yeast with homemade focaccia, surely I can handle these, right? Bwahahaha. I wish. I love pretzels. And these are perfect!

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    2. Well, they are pretty no matter where the ends were (or weren't) tucked ;). I love sweet pretzels, but don't think I've ever made them - they're going on the list! And oh my gosh, I didn't know you whacked your head (always scary), I'm glad you're okay.

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    3. I LOVE soft pretzels and want to try your seet dough. Love the little hands too!

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    4. I'm so sorry about your fall =) Your sweet pretzels look great and I would have no idea that the ends were not where you had intended them to be. Baking with your little helper sound so fun.

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    5. I really love your idea of sweet pretzels! Even if the ends weren't tucked under, they still look so much better than my salty ones. I need to practice the shaping more.

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    6. I have never thought to make sweet pretzels! These sounds great :)

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    7. Do hope your feeling better, Lora. I trust you've got a good chiropractor <3 And yes Life does seem to happen and present challenges despite our best intentions <3 Although I must say you seem to have sailed (no surprise!) through this baking challenge. Your kids are indeed lucky to have such a loving and talented baker mom! P.s. Do you think I could use your sweet dough recipe for a braided bread?

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    8. Your photos are stunning Lora! And the pretzels look fabulous. I've got to put pretzels on my baking bucket list for sure! So happy to be baking with your fabulous group! Happy New Year! : )

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    9. I love a good salty-sweet treat! These pretzels look amazing and I love your photos!

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    10. OH no!! I hope you are feeling better, Lora! But your assistant is adorable!!
      You know, I always have my mind on homemade soft pretzels! I'd loooove to bite into a few of those right about now.

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    11. Huh, I never even thought of making sweet pretzels. Fab idea! Sorry to hear about the holiday woes but I'm glad all is okay!

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    12. Happy New Year to you and yours :) ~ Our break was quite nice and I actually got most of the things done that were planned. Yay for that, right?

      Love your sweet pretzels - I make a big Sweet Pretzel every year for New Year's Day it is a German tradition and is supposed to bring good luck to all that join in eating it :)

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    13. I am so scared to make soft pretzels at home but I really need to give them a try. My husband loves them!

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    14. […] It’s always interesting to see what the Twelve Loaves baking group decides on as a January theme. This is a time of renewal, of fresh beginnings, of starting again or trying again or reestablishing. Last year they asked for simplicity, prompting me to try my hand at sourdough, made by weight rather than volume measurements. This year, they asked for something a little more poetic but just as abstract: bake a loaf inspired by a New Year’s resolution. […]

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    15. These pretzels look so good, Lora! Love the pearl sugar topping!

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