Thursday, January 30, 2014

Game Day Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

There is a fantastic little pizza and pretzel place in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland called the Pizza and Pretzel Connection.  We love their pizza and pretzels…so much that I came home and started making Pretzel Dogs with pretzel dough.  So darn good! These are always a HUGE hit with the kids and their friends!  

Pretzel Dough

1 tablespoons dry yeast

1 ½ cups warm water

¼ cup brown sugar

1 1/8 teaspoon salt

4 cups flour

In bowl of electric mixer whisk yeast with warm water by hand until dissolved.  Whisk in brown sugar and salt.  Attach dough hook and mix in flour one cup at a time until a dough forms.  Mix for 5 minutes.  Grease some counter top with shortening and pour dough out onto greased counter.  Roll both sides of dough over shortening and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap.  Let rise for 1 hour.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on baking sheet and spray with baking spray.  Cut off a rectangular piece of dough and roll out into a 1 inch thick rope.  Wrap around hot dogs 4 times.  Dip dough wrapped hot dogs immediately in soda water.  Dab bottom of pretzel dogs on paper towel.  Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Let rise a few minutes, if desired.  Bake at 450 degrees for 5-8 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter.  Serve immediately with ketchup and mustard for dipping.

Soda Water

1 cup hot water

1 tablespoon baking soda

Mix hot water and baking soda together in a medium bowl.  Stir well.

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