Spicy Homemade Pretzels

Spicy Homemade Pretzels

Yield: Makes about 16 pretzels

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 pkg. (¼ oz.) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse salt
  • Salsa or queso dip* for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt, minced onion, and spices. Add water. Beat just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 16 equal portions; roll each into a 15 in. rope. Cover and let rest 10 minutes more.
  4. Twist into pretzel shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with egg. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush again with egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 10-13 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Notes

*Make an easy queso dip by combining 1 pound of pasteurized cheese product (similar to Velveeta®), cut into 1 inch cubes, with 1 cup of your favorite chunky salsa. Zap in the microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes. Makes 2½ cups.

You can also vary these pretzels by changing the seasonings. Try Italian herbs/seasonings and use marinara as your dipper or fresh garden herbs using ranch dressing as a dip.

Equipment needed: Measuring cups and spoons Large bowl, Whisk, Electric mixer, Wooden spoon, Knife or pastry bench Baking sheets, Nonstick cooking spray Pastry brush.

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