Yesterday, I posted pictures of the vegan pretzels that I was making! This was the second time that I’ve made these pretzels. I had forgotten how good they were, especially HOT out of the oven!! I simply used the recipe (Hot Buttered Pretzels) that came with the pretzel pan that I bought (made by Norpro), and eliminated the butter in order to make it VEGAN!! I promised a friend that I’d post the recipe, so here goes!
2- 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz)
1 cup warm water
Baking Soda Wash:
1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 500ºF. Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl and beat by hand or machine until well combined (I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment). Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft, smooth, and quite slack. Place dough in a plastic bag (I just placed plastic wrap over the bowl from my stand mixer), allowing it to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. Spray Pretzel Pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray (you probably can just use a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan; that’s probably what I would’ve done if I didn’t have the pan).
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Allow the pieces to rest uncovered for 5 minutes.
Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda in a shallow bowl, making sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved or it’ll make a splotchy glaze.
Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28-30″), form into a pretzel on Nonstick Pretzel Pan. Brush each pretzel sparingly with baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice golden brown color). (I added coarse/kosher salt at this point so that I wouldn’t need to use butter at the end in order to make the salt stick. You could also make a stuffed pretzel, something that I’ll probably try next!)
Bake the pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until they are golden brown, turning the baking sheets halfway through (I forgot to turn the pan, but it still turned out ok). Remove the pretzels from the oven to a cooling rack.
Pretzels are best fresh from the oven or reheat them in the microwave. (You could do all kinds of toppings!! Chocolate, caramel, salt, dijon mustard, fresh cracked black pepper, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, lemon pepper, garlic powder; use your imagination, and have FUN!!)