If you had the chance to live your dream first time experience, what would it be? The folks over at Visa challenged me to consider this very notion, and after some thought I decided I would love to be able to book a round the world ticket so that I could taste all the baked goods in all the different countries and cultures. Regular readers will know from both my 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend and Bright.Bakes series that I love to try out new bakes. So it’s no surprise that I dream of being able to experience new bakes in the very countries they originated – not to mention learn the skills of how to make them from the experts themselves. Would you like to read more about my dream first time experience? You’re in luck! Click here to read Mr. Bazaar’s dreams of a round the world foodie adventure.
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So as part of my dream first experience of a round the world foodie trip to try new bakes in different cultures, I decided to try and bake something I hadn’t baked before. I picked pretzels because there’s something so comforting about them, don’t you think? I’m not talking about the little bag you get handed at the start of a long haul flight, but rather the deliciously chewy ones you find on food stands in big cities like Manhattan. As you can see in the video above, I went for a savoury sea salt and chilli topping – here’s how I made them:
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl until they are fully mixed, then make a well in the centre of the mixture.
2. In a separate vessel mix the milk, warm water and butter together before slowly pouring it into the well of the dry mixture. Combine the wet and dry parts together and then knead by hand for 10 – 15 minutes. Afterwards, smooth the dough into a ball shape and place inside a bowl covered with oiled cling film for around an hour and half.
3. Knock the dough back with around half a minute of kneading on a floured worktop.
4. Roll the dough out and slice it into 16 equal lengths. Gently roll each length into a spherical shape and then shape each one into a pretzel.
5. Dip each pretzel into a bowl of boiling water mixed with baking powder and drain onto kitchen towel. Place each pretzel onto a lined baking tray and after standing for five minutes bake then at 210°C for 3 minutes.
6. Take the pretzels out of the oven and brush them with an egg wash and then put them back in the oven for around 8 – 10 minutes.
7. Once the pretzels are out of the oven and have cooled a little you can brush them with melted butter and then sprinkle over your desired toppings.
Have you ever made pretzels? What are your favourite toppings?
// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Visa; competition open to UK residents only and closes at 11:59pm on 27/09/2013. Full T&C’s here.