NeujahrsPretzel - New Years Pretzel
Baking partners challenge recipe for January was suggested by Swetha of Tasty Curry Leaf. She suggested two recipes, one New year Pretzel and a New year eve pizza from Sicily.The yeast-ed pretzel is from Germany. It is a rich milk bread made special by topping with nuts, icing sugar or glazed cherries.They are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity if consumed at midnight or before breakfast on New Year's day .Thanks Swathi and Swetha for this wonderful recipe.
Warm milk- 2 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/2 stick
Yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
Bread Flour- 4 1/2 cup
Salt- 1 tsp
Toasted Almonds or candied cherries
In a sauce pan mix milk, sugar and butter, heat in medium till the sugar is dissolved and butter melts. Make sure it is warm and not hot before adding rest of the ingredients.
In a separate bowl add flour, instant yeast,salt and mix. Pour the warm milk butter mixture and two eggs. Mix until you get a soft batter and continue till get a soft ball consistency.
Place this on a floured counter, sprinkle flour as needed and knead till it is smooth dough.. Place inside a greased bowl and allow it to rise until double its size.
Punch down and knead lightly and then divide the dough into two parts ( I divided it into into three to form braided dough). Roll each half into long ropes or the braided rope. Make it into a u shape, Pick each end of the dough and cross them once and then again, lift and bring the two edges towards you and stick towards the bottom of the u shape.
Lay the pretzel into a parchment lined baking sheet and allow it to rise for another one hour. bake in pre heated oven at 375 degree f for 20 minutes till golden brown. Once out of the oven you can brush with melted butter. Garnish with powdered sugar or a spreadable icing. Decorated with glazed cherries or sliced almonds.
Hope you will all enjoy!