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Pretzels

I got my brother the official Destiny 2 Cookbook (available on Amazon) for Christmas, and he absolutely loves it! A recipe that everyone in my family fell in love with instantly was these pretzels. Chewy, soft, and salty, these are perfect with sausage and roasted apple and kale for a warm and hearty dinner. Get the Destiny 2 Cookbook for this recipe and other amazing dishes! 

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour OR 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour and 1 1/2 cups bread flour ​

  • 2 tablespoons diastatic malt powder - optional

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (or one packet) active dry yeast 

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled (the original recipe speciefies unsalted, I prefer salted, it's really up to you)

  • Olive oil or cooking spray to grease bowl​

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

Water Bath

  • 1/2 baking soda

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) water

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine yeast, water, sugar, and salt. Let sit 5 minutes and allow yeast to activate. Meanwhile, whisk the flour and diastatic malt powder, if using, in a medium bowl.

  2. Add flour mixture to yeast mixture, adding melted butter and stir. Once dough starts to form, knead for 5 minutes, then place in oiled bowl, cover with towel or plastic wrap. Rest for one hour.

  3. Preheat oven 400 degrees Fahrenheit or about 204 degrees Celcius. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Beat egg with water for egg wash.

  4. Combine baking soda and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-high. 

  5. Divide dough into twelve equal portions. Roll each portion out into 16-20 inches. Form dough rope into a U-smile shape. Cross the ends over each other twice, forming a small twist. Bring the top twist down over the bottom curve, pressing down to keep the pretzel from coming apart.

  6. Boil the pretzel 3 to 6 at a time, depending on your pot size, for 30 second each side. Use a slotted spoon or a metal spider (often used in frying) to remove the pretzels. Use a paper towel to blot off excess water. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt or any other favorite pretzel toppings - my brother loves everything bagel seasoning - and bake for 10-15 minutes, rotating and flipping the sheets halfway through.

  7. Eat and enjoy! Delicious with mustard, cheese sauce, or by itself. 

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Diastatic malt powder? What on Earth is that?

It may sound like a scary, strange substance, but diastatic malt powder is just malted grain. It's used by some bakeries to give bread and other bread products a nice, rich crust and delicious golden-brown color. It can be found online at relatively low prices, but it is not necessary and does not affect the flavor of the baked goods. 

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