Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pretzel Sticks #BreadBakers

Robin, of A Shaggy Dough Story, is hosting our Bread Bakers group this month with a theme of Pretzels.

I found this recipe for Pretzel Sticks by Grant Achatz in the December 2006 issue of Food & Wine.  I live in a small town in Michigan bordered by equally small towns.  The Achatz family hails from my neck of the woods.  They are famous for their quality homemade soups and pies.  Grant took the skills and knowledge that he learned from his elders and struck out for Chicago where he has opened restaurants and been named Rising Star Chef, Best Chef in the USA and has been inducted into the James Beard Hall of Fame.

I was thrilled to make one of his recipes to start off the New Year.  I modified it to only make 12 large pretzels and I used kosher salt instead of Maldon as it was available in my cupboard.


They were amazingly delicious.  Better than those soft pretzels that you get in the mall.  I served them up with some yellow mustard for dipping.  I had to force myself to stop going back for nibbles.  They were that good.


These chewy, salty sticks are perfect for snacking on and hearty enough, that if given to the kids when they come home from school famished, will stave off starvation until dinner time.


Pretzel Sticks
adapted from Food&Wine

1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. water
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 T. vegetable oil
3 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. baking soda
1 egg beaten with 1 T. water
kosher salt

In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with dough hook, dissolve sugar into 1 c. warm water (110*), sprinkle with the yeast and let stand about 5 minutes, until foamy.

Stir in the oil and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.  Gradually add another cup of flour until incorporated into the dough.  Add remaining half cup of flour, as needed, if dough is too sticky.  Knead on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until dough is silky.

Place into an oil lined bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Punch down the dough and place onto a floured counter.  Knead lightly and flatten the dough.  Cut into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a 9" roll about 1/2" thick and place half an inch apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.  Set aside for half an hour until puffy.

Fill a 3 qt. skillet with 2 qts. of water and the baking soda.  Bring to a simmer over high heat.  Reduce heat to med high and parboil the pretzel sticks in batches for about 30 seconds, flipping once.  Remove to paper towel to drain.  Return the drained sticks to the baking sheet and brush with the egg wash.  Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and bake in a preheated 450* oven for 10-13 minutes, until richly brown.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Print Recipe

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16 comments:

  1. Love the stick shape. Perfect for dunking onto some melty beer cheese.

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  2. These sound so delicious! Nothing like recreating a memory food is there!

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  3. Love how these look. I would love them with mustard!

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    1. Thanks Smruti, that's how I had them.

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  4. I like the brown sugar in the recipe, probably gives these pretzels such great flavor!

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  5. Prefect to have as a snack with a cuppa of hot tea or coffee.

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    1. They were pretty good with cocktails too Sneha.

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  6. I love your pretzel recipe. Perfect as a snack or they would be great with a cup of soup too!

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  7. These pretzel sticks are so much easier to make than the traditional ones. They look perfect.

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