Who doesn’t love a good soft pretzel? Yeah, like the ones at the mall. Yum, am I right?! We love them and, lucky for me, I married a guy who loves to bake bread. I know you’re all jealous. So, my hubby has adapted our favorite Soft Pretzel recipe into Pizza Pretzels. These combine the delicious soft pretzel with pizza toppings! Yummy!
1 Tbsp Yeast
1/8 Cup Warm Water
1 1/3 Cups Warm Water
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
3 3/4 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Salt
1/8 Cup Italian Seasoning
2/3 Cup Pepperoni, sliced and diced real small
Powered Parmesan Cheese
Shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese
Dissolve yeast in 1/8 cup warm water. Add all remaining ingredients except the Parmesan cheese and the shredded cheese and beat until smooth. Kneed by hand until smooth, if needed. We usually just throw the stuff in the KitchenAid. You could use a bread maker on the dough cycle too… makes for a lot less arm work. Optional: Let dough rise in an ungreased bowl, uncovered, for 1 hour. Divide into 12 pieces and shape into pretzels. We don’t usually bother.
Bring to a rolling boil:
1 Quart Water
3 Tbsp. Baking Soda
3 Tsp. Sugar
Drop pretzel into boiling mixture for about 15 to 20 seconds on each side, Place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and shredded cheese. Bake at 400° for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Watch the bottoms… they over-cook first.
These are great snacks, appetizers and we’ve even done them as our main course before. They freeze phenomenally. Bake and then seal in zippy bags and place in freezer. Re-warm them in the microwave or the oven. These keep for at least six months (we’ve never had them last longer than that).