I am super excited about this week's #SundaySupper! The theme for this week is New Year's Bucket List. Every year I make a list of things I want to accomplish after my birthday. I couldn't think of a better way to start the year then crossing something off my bucket list.
I didn't even need to think about what I wanted to make. Three times this year I've been prepared to make Alton Brown's Soft Pretzels and all three times I've chickened out. This time I went with it and it was much easier then I thought it would be! The pretzels smelled and looked amazing with a crispy golden brown exterior and a soft and tasty interior.
In a unique twist my husband decided he wanted to make crab melts on top of the pretzels. I wasn't sure about this idea but he made his Maryland Crab Cakes, put them on the pretzel, melted a little cheese on top, and we ate them as sandwiches. The verdict? Seriously delicious!
Alton Brown's Soft Pretzels (recipe from Alton Brown)
1 ½ c. warm water (110 degrees)
1 T. sugar
1 T. kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 ½ c. all purpose flour
3 T. butter, melted
10 c. water
⅔ c. baking soda
1 egg yolk
1 T. water
Salt (I used Hawaiian Red Sea Salt and Fleur de Sel)
1. In a large bowl combine the wate, sugar, and salt. Sprinkle the dry yeast on top and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam.
2. Add the flour and melted butter to the mixture and mix with a spoon until just combined.
3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-6 minutes.
4. Coat a large metal bowl with vegetable oil and place the dough inside of it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and all to sit in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
7. Meanwhile, turn the dough onto a lightly oiled surface and cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 24 inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope and then criss-cross them to make a pretzel shape. Press the dough where it crosses and then place the pretzels on the parchment lined pans.
8. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, one at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove the pretzel using a spatula. Place back on the parchment lined pan. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
9. In a small bowl beat the egg yolk and water together. Brush the egg mixture onto a pretzel and then sprinkle with your choice of salt.
10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the pretzels are golden brown in color. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire cooling rack, and wait 5 minutes before serving.