These are a great way to start the morning, baking them and eating them! Fresh from the oven they are warm, soft and crispy. The cinnamon gives them a lovely depth of flavour. I’m surprised I didn’t eat all of them at once, they were so gorgeous!
I thought making the pretzel shape would be difficult but it wasn’t that hard, it was actually getting the strip of dough long enough and thin enough which proved complicated.
Still, they are fun to make, not too difficult and taste amazing.
275g plain flour
275g strong white bread flour
2tbsp granulated sugar
1 sachet (7g) yeast
350ml warm milk
100g melted butter (2tbsp reserved for glazing after baking the dough)
2tbsp bicarbonate of soda
3tsp ground cinnamon
60g caster sugar
- Mix the flours, yeast and sugar together with a pinch of salt.
- Add the warm milk and melted butter.
- Stir till the dough binds together.
- Tip onto a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes.
- Leave to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- When the dough has risen, knead for 1 minute then divide into 16 balls.
- Shape into a pretzel shape – make the piece of dough into a long sausage shape and fold it round so it looks like those salted pretzel crisps you can buy
- Meanwhile, half fill a pan with boiling water and add the bicarbonate of soda. Bring it to a simmer.
- Add the pretzels, three at a time, to the water mixture and cook for 1 minute.
- Transfer to a lined baking tray.
- When all the pretzels have been cooked in the water, put into an oven preheated at 200C and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Immediately glaze with the remaining melted butter and toss in the cinnamon and sugar.
- Eat fresh or store in an airtight container to enjoy later on.