Garlic & Cheese Pretzels

When we lived in Malaysia, we frequented Auntie Anne’s for their delicious pretzels. The daughter and I would spend some time simply watching them behind the counter shape the pretzels with amazing accuracy and speed. She loves the soft pretzels as do I and we both always picked the savory ones as against the sweet options. So this dish is an attempt to recreate that memory for us. Though my shaping skills need a LOT of work, the pretzels tasted good and the daughter was happy. So it is a kind of mission accomplished.

Adapted from here

Makes 6 Pretzels

WHAT WE NEED

1 cup Milk

2 1/4 tsp Instant yeast

3 tbsp Brown sugar

2 1/4 cup All purpose flour

5 tbsp Unsalted butter

1 tsp Salt

2-3 tsp Garlic powder

6 tbsp Cheese, grated

2 tsp Mixed dried herbs

For the soda bath

1/3 cup Baking soda

3 cups Water

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix the yeast with the milk in a large bowl
  • Add sugar, flour, 2 tbsp of butter and salt
  • Knead till it forms a smooth dough, around 7 minutes
  • Set it aside till it doubles in volume, around 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven to 230C
  • Grease a baking tray or line it with parchment paper
  • Add the 4 tbsp cheese, mixed herbs and garlic powder and mix well
  • Divide the dough into 6 pieces
  • Roll each piece into a thin long rope and shape like a pretzel

  • Dissolve the baking soda in warm water
  • Dip each pretzel into the soda water and place it on the baking tray
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes till it is golden brown in colour
  • Brush the pretzels with the balance butter and top with cheese
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. Though the soda bath is not mandatory, it is recommended. If you do not use the soda bath then broil the pretzels for 2 minutes to get a nice golden brown colour
  2. I did not top the pretzel with cheese because the daughter doesn’t like it though I love the extra cheese on top.
  3. I used mozzarella cheese. You can use any other cheese as well like cheddar or parmesan

This is my post for the Kid’s Delight event started by Valli of Spice your Life and hosted by me this month for the theme, ‘Baked Treats‘.

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