When my twins got in the car, I asked them what their favorite part of the carnival was. They told me that they loved the games and the pretzel dogs. I told them that they didn’t have to say that just because I made them. The silly gooses didn’t even know that I had brought them! They thought that was pretty awesome and they put it together that it meant I could make them again for them at home whenever they wanted them. I didn’t have long, because they were requesting them for dinner within the same week.
You aren’t going to buy a better pretzel than the one you can make in your own kitchen.
1 1/2 c warm water (about 110 degrees)
1 Tbsp honey
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 pkg)
4 1/2 c bread flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 c Land O’ Lakes melted butter
10 c water
1/2 c baking soda
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp water
14-18 Oscar Mayer hot dogs
kosher salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
Add honey to the warm water and stir to dissolve (you can use sugar if you don’t have honey). Stir in yeast and set aside until foamy. (5-10 min)
In a large bowl, mix about 3 cups of bread flour and the 1 tsp. of kosher salt together. Add the melted butter & yeast mixture. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour a little at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 8-10 min). I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer with a dough hook for this.
Put dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour).
When dough is ready, roll out on a lightly oiled surface to about 10 x 20 inches.
Slice the dough into 1 inch wide strips. Wrap the dough around each hot dog, making sure to pinch the edges at each end. There should be about 1/2 inch of hot dog at each end showing. If you have any dough left over after wrapping your hot dogs, roll them into strips and shape into a pretzel. 🙂
Bring the 10 cups of water to a boil and then add the baking soda and stir to dissolve. Add the dough-wrapped hot dogs a few at a time, and boil for about 30 seconds.
Remove with a large slotted spoon and place on 2 greased baking sheets (or use parchment paper).
Mix the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water together, and brush on the pretzel dogs.
Sprinkle with kosher salt if you like, and then bake in a preheated 425-450 oven for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from pans and let cool slightly…and then enjoy!
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Quick Tip: Add a little more honey to make it extra sweet.
Thanks to Catch My Party for the great photo.