Garlic Herb Soft Pretzels

This are DELICIOUS.  I couldn’t believe how yummy they are.  I read a few soft pretzel recipes online and put together this one.  This makes about 20 pretzels.  Serve as a snack or anywhere where you would serve a breadstick.  Would be great with pasta, lasagna or soup!

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  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat (pastry) flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 heaping tsp thyme
  • 1/2 heaping tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 heaping tsp oregano
  • 1/2 heaping tsp sesame seeds
  • olive oil

In a food processor (fitted with a dough blade) or a large bowl, combine the water, sugar and yeast.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes and get foamy.  Add salt and some of the flour and process or stir well.  Add remaining flour (a little at a time if stirring, all at once if processing) and stir or process until fully combined.

Prepare a bowl greased with a bit of olive oil.  Place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel.  Allow to sit for 1 – 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Flour a surface and your hands.  Knead the dough briefly and then split in half.  Take one half and split into about 10 equal balls.  Take each ball and roll it into a long snake (as my daughter who was helping described) about 18″ long.  Then form it into a pretzel shape.  Repeat with the rest of the half.  Place on a floured surface so they don’t stick and place a towel over these ~10 pretzels.  Fill your widest pot with about 4 inches of water and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, make pretzels out of the other half of dough.

Prepare a baking sheet with some parchment paper.  Add the baking soda and sugar to the boiling water.  Place 3 – 4 pretzels in the water (upside down works better because the surface of the exposed part at the beginning gets kinda funny).  Flip over in one minute.  Allow to poach one minute more and remove with a slotted spoon and place on the parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a small bowl, combine garlic, spices and enough olive oil to form a paste and mix well.  Spread some of the spice mixture on each poached soft pretzel.  Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until done.  You might want to try a piece to be sure!  But, beware, it’s hard to take just one bite.  🙂  Transfer to a cooling rack and serve immediately or store in a ziploc bag and heat before serving.

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