I don’t know why but recently I have had massive cravings for a cinnamon pretzel. There is just something about its light doughy consistency and sweet sugary goodness that has me drooling at the thought. You may remember last year I tried my hand at making a savoury version of the classic salted pretzel, and although they were good, they certainly weren’t great and left me feeling a little disappointed! But you know me, practice makes perfect, and it’s finally paid off as I have found the perfect recipe that gives the light and fluffy texture that should be a pretzel!
Fancy making these for yourself?
Ingredients to make approximately 30 cinnamon bites:
- 7g quick action yeast
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 275g bread flour
- 275g plain flour
- 350 mls lukewarm milk
- 100g butter
- 2 cups very hot water
- 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
For the sugary coating:
- 50g melted butter
- Some caster sugar and cinnamon
- In a bowl, add together the yeast, salt, sugar and flour and use your dough hook to combine the ingredients together.
- Measure the milk into a jug, and add the melted butter. Give a good stir until the milk and butter are well combined, and then slowly add to the flour mixture. You may not need to add all the milk depending on your flour, so add it slowly until you have formed your dough.
- When you’re happy, cover with cling film and pop in a warm room for about an hour. I popped mine into our airing cupboard which is always pretty warm, it doubled in size easily within the hour!
- Once you are happy with your dough and it has risen to about double, knead on a work surface for a few minutes and then divide the mixture into 16 segments.
- Take each segments and roll onto the work surface until the dough is about 15cm in length. Use a knife to then divide the strip into 2 pieces and neaten the ends. When you are happy with the shape and size, place on a baking tray (you may want to line the tray first with some greaseproof paper).
- Heat the oven to 200C.
- Whilst the oven is heating, boil a kettle with enough water to fill 2 cups. Once the kettle has boiled, gently pour into a heatproof bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda.
- When the bicarbonate of soda has completely dissolved in the water, use a brush to cover each doughy bite! You will ideally want to coat both the top and the bottom, so just be careful not to burn your hands with the hot water. The bicarbonate of soda will help brown off the pretzels and keep them to puff up!
- Pop in the oven to bake for about 10 minutes. Remember to keep an eye on them, and you may want to turn them half way through.
- While the pretzels are baking, melt the last of the butter.
- Once the pretzels have come out of the oven looking golden brown, brush the butter over each pretzel and then dip immediately into the sugary, cinnamon mix! If you wanted to go down the savoury route, you could sprinkle each pretzel with sea salt.
And there you have it!
These mini cinnamon bites are definitely best served hot on the day, but still taste good the next day with the help of 20 seconds in the microwave. These are so moorish, so baking 30 probably won’t last as long as you might think!
So why not grab a cuppa, a few cinnamon pretzel bites and chill out on the sofa this weekend! After all, that it what weekends are made for!