Monday, October 20, 2008

Pretzel Dogs and Mall Pretzels

These pretzels are absolutely amazing. I've spent a lot of time trying recipes that are similar to the pretzels you can find in the stands at the mall. These are it! They're very soft and chewy and just about anything can be done to the dough. It's perfect whether you want your pretzel sweet or savory.

We treated them with just the standard butter/salt topping, but we also made some pretzel dogs!

The recipe comes from AllRecipes, and it's no wonder it has so many wonderful ratings. The recipe is perfect!

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.

Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.

After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.

Notes for Pretzel Dogs: One 3-foot rope worked for two pretzel dogs, and then the recipe was followed as normal. We didn't cook the hot dogs before then, and they required the same baking time as the regular pretzels.

Guten Appetit!


Jodi said...

Your pretzel recipes look really good, as well as your other recipes. I'm just curious what the difference is between the German pretzels and the "mall" pretzel, besides the ingredients, of course!

Marcie said...

"Mall" pretzels tend to be basted with butter and they're VERY soft and chewy.

German pretzels tend to be more like little loaves of bread that are great dipped into mustard.

In general, I think German pretzels are a good "roll" substitute, or even a MEAL substitute if big enough, whereas these pretzels seem much more like a "snack" food.

Carla said...

Oh, this is awesome! I worked at a mall, and I love the mall pretzels, but now they are $3 a pretzel. Ridiculous, I tell you. Thanks for letting me indulge much cheaper.

Mallory Elise said...

hooray! I have been looking for a german food blog! hooray! i only took three years of german in school but i pretend i can kind of speak it anyways. in my opinion it's the most fun to speak out of, well them all.

:) ihre Brezeln sind sehr schön. (hey look i remember to capitalize nouns! hehe) Tschüss!

Cheryl said...

Wow bagel dogs are my most favorite thing in the world, what kind of dogs did you use as I want to make this!!!

Marcie said...

Cheryl - I used Nathan's Hot Dogs. Those are the kind that the pretzel chain Auntie Anne's uses... and I love 'em. :)

Y said...

OOh pretzel dogs! I'm filing this under the Must-DO list!

Anonymous said...

Came from Pioneer Woman--those look amazing! My husband would love them too!

Dutchnic said...

I love! And I love how you still use the Metric system as well (I'm Dutch so over here cooking is easier when you use the metric system). Great recipes!

Cheryl said...

I made these yesterday, thank you so much for the recipe!!! They are so delicious and I can tell Noah's Bagels goodbye!!! I get their bagel dogs.