Thursday, May 19, 2011

stuffed prezels

the original recipe for these is from farmama's blog but i varied it a bit. she has a wonderful blog, living on a farm, cooking, baking, crafting, gardening.... make sure to visit her now and then!
 here is how i made them:

you will need:
5 cups flour (whatever kind you like)
4 tsp. yeast (or one packet)
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup. warm water
1/4 cup sugar (if you want it to have a sweet touch)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
a bit of olive oil
1 egg or 1/2 cup of baking soda and 4 cups of hot water 

for the filling:
salt & pepper
basil pesto or a lot of fresh herbs
your favorite cheese (i used white bulgarian cheese)

instructions:
  1.  dissolve the 4 tsp. (or 1 packet) of yeast in 1 1/4 cup of water with 1 tsp. sugar. Let stand about 10 minutes.
  2. mix 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar (optional), and a pinch of salt. add about a tablespoon of olive oil and the water/yeast mixture. if it is too dry add about one tablespoon of water at a time. knead until the dough is smooth (about 7-8 minutes).
  3. cover and place in a warm spot for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size. 
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C/450F.
  5. When dough has doubled in size, roll it into a rectangular-ish shape, about 1/2 cm thick and spread the filling evenly over the surface. you could use just about anything to stuff these pretzels. roll up the rectangle and slice it into equally sized pieces. put them on a sheet tray and let the (now stuffed) pretzels rise again until about doubled.
  6.  mix the egg in a small bowl, add some salt and olive oil and cover the prezels with the mixture (so they will get a nice golden colour) OR mix together 1/2 cup of baking soda and 4 cups of hot water. when the baking soda has dissolved, dunk the proofed pretzels one at a time, and set them back onto the sheet tray. brush each pretzel with some olive oil and a tiny bit of mustard, and lightly dust each pretzel with some salt.
  7. Bake at 180°C/450F until the pretzels are golden brown.  
  8. enjoy!

1 comment:

Lauren said...

I have to make these, they look so yummy!