Homemade Pretzels with a Sweet Trio of Dipping Sauces


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Homemade Pretzels are well worth the effort, they are not hard, just an extra step, but they are SO good! Wonderful with a little coarse salt and mustard, but the sweet dipping sauces are super fun! ~Amy

Homemade Pretzels with Sweet Trio of Dipping Sauces

Pretzels:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp coarse salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast
3 tbsp butter, melted
4 cups flour

1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp water

10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda

To make dough:
Place water, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the top and let it set for about 5 minutes. Attach dough hook, add butter, mix lightly. Add flour and knead in low until blended and starts to come together. Increase speed to medium and mix for about five minutes. Lightly oil bowl and turn dough over once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let raise until double in size.

Line 2 sheets with baking parchment.
Heat oven to 450
Heat water and baking soda in a large pan to rolling boil.

On lightly sprayed surface, dived dough into eight equal portions.
Roll each section into a 24 inch rope. Make an upside down U shape on baking sheet, crossing ends to form pretzel shape. Repeat, place 4 on each pan.
Remove each pretzel from pan with a large spatula place in boiling water one at a time and boil for 30 seconds. Return to pan, brush with egg wash, and bake one sheet at a time for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with dipping sauces or sprinkle with coarse salt after the egg wash for savory pretzels

Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Sauce:
1/3 cup vanilla frosting
1 large strawberry chopped

Place ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth.

Cinnamon Vanilla Sauce:
1/3 cup vanilla frosting
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp water
Place ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth.

Chocolate Sauce:
1/4cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add sugar, evaporated milk, and chocolate. Whisk until smooth and comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool.

Vanilla Frosting

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar, milk and vanilla until creamy. Add remaining sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

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