Treble Clef Pretzels

Recipes: Treble Clef Pretzels

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Prep Time: 1.5 hours
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Makes: 6 pretzels

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups lukewarm water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 ¼ cups unbleached bread flour
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted, melted butter
  • Sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the lukewarm water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on the yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, the 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, and 2 cups of the flour. Stir the mixture till it's well mixed.
  3. Stir in the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time (you might not need it all). Mix into a semi-firm dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 6 minutes, dusting the surface with flour as necessary so the dough doesn't stick.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and roll it around to coat its entire surface. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place until the dough is nearly doubled in volume, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a large baking sheet and preheat the oven to 450°.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a flour-dusted surface and knead for 1 minute. Divide into 6 equals parts and shape each into a ball let rest for 5 minutes on a flour-dusted surface.
  6. Roll each ball under your palms and outstretched fingers until it's about 3 feet long and ½ inch thick.
  7. Shape each dough rope into a Treble Clef. Place a maximum of three of them on a baking sheet. Leave as much space between them as possible.
  8. Stir the hot water and sugar together in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the sugar water over your treble clef pretzels and top them with a bit of coarse salt. Set the pretzels aside for 10 minutes.
  9. Bake the pretzels on the center oven rack for about 6 minutes, then rotate the sheet 180 degrees and bake for another 6 minutes or until they're golden brown.
  10. Transfer the baked pretzels to a wire cooling rack, and place the remaining three in the oven.
  11. Using a pastry brush, brush melted butter over the pretzels. Let the pretzels cool for a bit, but enjoy them while they're warm.

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