Monday, December 9, 2013
By KIM ODE/McClatchy Newspapers
(Continued from page 1)
For pretzel bread, the rounds of dough are dipped in a baking soda bath, brushed with egg white, and sliced across the top with a box cutter or sharp knife before baking.
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In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, yeast, salt and egg yolk. Slowly begin adding milk mixture and mix until dough comes together in a shaggy mass. If it seems too dry, add a teaspoon of water. Mix or knead until the dough is smooth and springy, about 5 minutes.
In a bowl coated with cooking spray, place the dough, flipping it over so the top is oiled, too. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled, about an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Turn out risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into equal pieces, depending on the shape you desire.
To make a tight bun shape, balance the dough on your middle finger and pull the sides down and under, pinching to make a smooth ball. Place each shaped piece of dough on a baking sheet. Once all are shaped, cover with a clean dish towel and set aside to rest.
Spray another baking sheet with cooking spray, then sprinkle with cornmeal. (The poached dough can stick to a baking sheet, so using both oil and cornmeal matters. Don't use parchment paper; if you have a Silpat, life is good.)
While the dough is resting, begin heating about 12 cups of water in a large pot. When it comes to a gentle boil, slowly add the baking soda. It will foam and bubble vigorously.
Add the rested pieces of dough to the simmering water, poaching them for 30 seconds, then flipping them over for another 30 seconds.
You may need to do this in two batches.
With a slotted spoon or spatula, lift and place poached buns on the prepared baking sheet. Froth egg white with a fork, then brush each bun with egg white.
Using a box cutter or sharp knife, make 2 to 4 slits across the top of each bun, about ¼-inch deep. Sprinkle with salt, then bake for 20 minutes until deep brown.
Cool on wire rack. Pretzel buns are best eaten the same day they're baked. If you need to freeze them, or bag them for the next day, omit the salt sprinkle.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 121; fat: 2 g; sodium: 316 mg; carbohydrates: 22 g; saturated fat: 1 g; calcium: 17 mg; protein: 3 g; cholesterol: 16 mg; dietary fiber: 1 g.
Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1½ bread/starch, ½ fat.
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