Brezen, also known as German pretzels, are traditional German breads made from wheat flour, water, and yeast. They are typically shaped into a knot or a loop and are then boiled in a baking soda solution before being baked. Brezen are often enjoyed as a snack or a side dish, a popular street food in Germany. They can be garnished with salt, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds and are often served with mustard or butter.
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
- 4-5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Coarse salt or sesame seeds for garnish
- Mix warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
- Add 4 cups of flour and the salt to the yeast mixture and mix until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 8-10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Divide the dough into 8-12 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope.
- Shape the ropes into pretzels and place them on a baking sheet.
- In a large pot, bring the baking soda and 8 cups of water to a boil.
- Gently place the pretzels in the boiling water for about 30 seconds on each side.
- Remove the pretzels from the water and place them back on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt or sesame seeds.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with mustard or butter and enjoy!
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