Soft Zaatar Pretzels

Soft Zaatar Pretzels

Bread, brioche & viennoiserie 698 Last Update: Dec 22, 2021 Created: Dec 06, 2021
Soft Zaatar Pretzels Soft Zaatar Pretzels Soft Zaatar Pretzels
  • Serves: 4 People
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
  • Difficulty: Easy
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There is nothing like homemade soft pretzels! Soft and pillowy on the inside. Tanned and salty on the outside. Sprinkled with Zaatar and salt for that Lebanese touch! I love to have them warm with a cheese dip or some Labneh.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the yeast and sugar with the warm water. Allow to sit for 5-7 Minutes, until foam forms on the surface of the mixture.
  2. Whisk the flour and the salt. Add the yeast mixture and the melted butter to the flour, and use a wooden spoon or a spatula until a shaggy dough forms. Transfer dough to a clean floured surface and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes. Stop kneading when the dough feels completely smooth and a bit sticky. Resist adding more flour.
  3. Transfer the dough to a big bowl that's brushed with butter. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm dark spot until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  4. 2 hours later, uncover the bowl and punch the dough down. At this stage, you can keep the plastic wrap and store the dough in the fridge to bake it the next day.
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  6. Combine the water and baking soda in a large, wide pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Transfer the proofed dough to a clean floured surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Roll out each dough into a 50-60 cm long rope and make a U shape with it.
  8. Repeat with all the dough pieces. Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheets. Gently lower the pretzels into the prepared boiling water, for 30 seconds each. Remove them from the water using a large flat turner or spatula. Place the boiled pretzels back on the baking sheet.
  9. Whisk the egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water and brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash. Sprinkle with salt and Zaatar. Cover the baking sheets with kitchen towels and let the pretzels proof for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 230°C.
  10. Bake until dark golden brown, about 12-15 Minutes. Turn the broiler on at the end to get a beautiful color.
  11. To make the cheese dip, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the flour over the butter while stirring, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer. Add the cheese and the chili paste. Cook, stirring constantly until the dip thickens to your liking. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  12. Let the pretzels cool for 5 minutes before serving. Soft pretzels are best eaten fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serve them warm with the cheese dip and cold beer. Enjoy!

Soft Zaatar Pretzels



  • Serves: 4 People
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Calories: -
  • Difficulty: Easy

There is nothing like homemade soft pretzels! Soft and pillowy on the inside. Tanned and salty on the outside. Sprinkled with Zaatar and salt for that Lebanese touch! I love to have them warm with a cheese dip or some Labneh.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the yeast and sugar with the warm water. Allow to sit for 5-7 Minutes, until foam forms on the surface of the mixture.
  2. Whisk the flour and the salt. Add the yeast mixture and the melted butter to the flour, and use a wooden spoon or a spatula until a shaggy dough forms. Transfer dough to a clean floured surface and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes. Stop kneading when the dough feels completely smooth and a bit sticky. Resist adding more flour.
  3. Transfer the dough to a big bowl that's brushed with butter. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm dark spot until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  4. 2 hours later, uncover the bowl and punch the dough down. At this stage, you can keep the plastic wrap and store the dough in the fridge to bake it the next day.
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  6. Combine the water and baking soda in a large, wide pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Transfer the proofed dough to a clean floured surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Roll out each dough into a 50-60 cm long rope and make a U shape with it.
  8. Repeat with all the dough pieces. Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheets. Gently lower the pretzels into the prepared boiling water, for 30 seconds each. Remove them from the water using a large flat turner or spatula. Place the boiled pretzels back on the baking sheet.
  9. Whisk the egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water and brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash. Sprinkle with salt and Zaatar. Cover the baking sheets with kitchen towels and let the pretzels proof for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 230°C.
  10. Bake until dark golden brown, about 12-15 Minutes. Turn the broiler on at the end to get a beautiful color.
  11. To make the cheese dip, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the flour over the butter while stirring, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer. Add the cheese and the chili paste. Cook, stirring constantly until the dip thickens to your liking. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  12. Let the pretzels cool for 5 minutes before serving. Soft pretzels are best eaten fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serve them warm with the cheese dip and cold beer. Enjoy!

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The Good Thymes is a Lebanese agricultural startup that brings a fresh breath to traditional Lebanese savors through modern and inspired culinary creations, all based around the unequalled wild Lebanese thyme. It started with a passion for Zaatar and the desire to produce high-quality dried thyme

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