I like pretzels even though they make me fat :).
When i was studying at the University we had a little place that sold pretzels and I think 2 days never passed without us eating at least one pretzel.
And now I grew up and I had to try and bake some of these.
I also wanted to try them after i saw the nice pictures on a blog called Purple potatoes
Sorry but the picture is not very good this time. Anyway I will certainly bake some again and I hope the pictures will be better.
420 gr whole flour
2 packages dry active yeast
1 pinch of sugar
about 300 gr warm water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon olive oil
5 tablespoons baking soda
700 gr hot water
sea salt and poppy seeds for decor
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and add the salt, the pinch of sugar and 2 tablespoons of flour. Let rise for 15 minutes.
Mix the yeast mixture with the flour, oil, sugar and knead for 5 minutes. Then turn the dough into a ball and put it in a greased bowl, and let rise until double in size: approximately 50 minutes. As a trick cover the bowl with a hot wet towel. The wet and warm environment will help the dough rise beautifully.
Preheat the oven on hot or 400 F degrees.
After the dough has risen pinch a small amount of dough and roll it in a long strand. Set it aside. Then do the same thing with the rest of the dough. Shape the pretzels and let them sit for a few minutes.
Heat the water and stir in the baking soda well. Prepare a tray with a baking sheet.
Quick dip each pretzel in the hot water, then take it out and put it on the baking sheet. Sprinkle on each pretzel sea salt and poppy seeds, then put them in the oven for 8 minutes, or until the pretzels are golden brown.
I tell you they are delicious and really easy to make. They work just fine with mustard.