1 teaspoon yeast.
1 tablespoon brown sugar.
2-3 cups flour.
1 cup warm milk.
Olive oil/your preferred oil.
Toppings and spices – I used Cheese, Chilli, Pepper, Oregano, chicken shavings and red onions.
[ACT 1 – the creation.]
Warm the milk in the microwave for approx. 1 min. It’s important not to have it boiling hot.
Mix the brown sugar and the yeast into the warm milk.
Leave this mixture for 5-10 mins for the yeast to start to grow.
Picture of yeast fermentation!
[ACT 2- Get down and dirty.]
Note – your mixture will still be slightly stick.
That is okay.
And if your mixture isn’t slightly sticky?
That is okay too.
Now – add more flour a handful at a time until you can form a nice ball that you can knead by hand.
(Skip this is your mixture isn’t sticky.)
(At this point your dough shouldn’t really be sticky, a slight stickiness is still okay.)
Leave it in a warm place and wait for it to roughly double in side. (Approx. 1/2 hour – 1 hour.)
[ACT 3- The plot thickens.]
Chopped up chicken shavings.
Really, you can add anything you want as long as you can still fold it up.
At this point in time, it’s a good to start to preheat the oven at 218°C or 425°F.
Pick out a bit of dough and roll it into roughly a rectangle shape using a rolling-pin.
Put the fillings in the middle and pinch the ends together.
But, roll carefully or you will end up with holes and splits. Those are a bugger to deal with.
[ ACT 4- Consumed and finished.]
This is what the finished roll should look like.
After it reaches this stage, place it to one side and finished rolling the rest of the dough.
Letting it ‘rest’ makes it a lot easier to twist into the pretzel shape.
Unless you are a super speedy worker, the dough will rest 5-10 mins.
After letting the dough rest you can further roll it out to be longer.
Then it’s a simple case of twisting the ends upwards then down.
Like a bow!
Is anyone else tempted to stick the pretzel bows onto say, clothing?
No? Just me? ..Oh.
Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk.
Lather the egg using a pastry brush all of the pretzels.
Sprinkle salt and cheese on top.
Pop them into the (now heated) oven for 10 minutes for the small ones and 14 minutes for the bigger ones.
Actually, it depends on if you want the outside more ‘golden’ or not.
And that is how you make Pizza Pretzels.
You see easy yes?
Now go forth!
Drown the world in baked goods!
(Also- OMG JAPAN! D: Giant Earthquake. Even Giant Pretzel can’t fix that.
[END ACT – CLOSE CURTAINS.]