I have been craving bread that is not French for a while now. Isn't always the way that I am surrounded by all the bread I love; fresh baguettes, warm croissants and sweet brioche and a fantastic bakery around the corner and I want something else. Baking bread is something that I love to do but I am impatient so baking something with so much waiting around time is never at the top of my kitchen to do list. Even the most impatient of cooks bites the bullet sometimes and bakes bread, to be exact pretzels.
you will need; (makes 6)
250g white bread flour
1 sachet of dried yeast
2 tsp sugar
1desertspoon olive oil
175ml lukewarm water
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
sesame seeds for sprinkling
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and mix in the sugar, salt and yeast.
- Make a well in the centre and add the oil and enough water to form a dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 15minutes.
- Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rest for 10mins.
- Dived the dough into 6-8 pieces, depending on how large you would like your pretzels. Gently form the dough into long sausage shapes, around 15inches long.
- Take one end of the dough sausage and twist it back on itself to form a pretzel shape.
- Preheat your oven to 220C. Brush a baking sheet with oil and lightly dust with flour and set aside.
- Heat a pan of water, add the bicarbonate of soda. Place the pretzels to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, turning once. Remove from the the pan, drain and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Beat your egg white with water and brush onto the pretzels. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 15 minutes or until a rich golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack before serving.