Soft cinnamon pretzels

Soft cinnamon pretzels

These impressive bakes aren’t difficult to make – and are irresistible dunked in coffee!

By , 02 September 2016
Soft cinnamon pretzels
  • Ready in: 40 mins
  • Serves: 16
  • Price: 17p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 72g serving contains
  • Cals 216
    11%
  • Fat 6.4
    9%
  • Sat Fat 3.9
    20%
  • Sugar 7.9
    9%
  • Salt 1.15
    19%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1255kJ/300kcal.
Ingredients
  • 275g strong white bread flour
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 sachet easy-bake yeast
  • 350ml warm milk
  • 100g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g caster sugar
Method
  • Sift both the flours into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, the yeast and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and add the milk and all but 2tbsp of the butter.

  • Using a wooden spoon, mix to a smooth, soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 mins.

  • Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with lightly oiled clingfilm. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hr or until doubled in size.

  • Re-knead for 1 min, then divide into 16 pieces. Roll into long sausage shapes and tie into pretzel knots.

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

  • Half-fill a large pan with boiling water. Add the bicarbonate of soda and bring to a simmer. Add the pretzels 3 at a time, lowering into the water on a fish slice. Cook for 1 min, remove with a draining spoon and put on the tray.

  • Bake for 10 mins until golden. Immediately brush all over with the remaining melted butter and toss in cinnamon and sugar.

  • Top tip: The liquid you add to the flour needs to be warm in order to activate the yeast – but if it’s too hot you’ll kill it. To get the right temperature, mix 1 part boiling water with 2 parts cold water.

  • How to knead: Kneading dough develops gluten in the flour, essential for giving bread its distinctive structure. Put the dough on a floured surface and stretch it out with the heel of your hand. Turn the dough, fold and repeat for 8-10 mins until you have a smooth, elastic dough.