Maple-Toffee Glazed Pretzels


These pretzels are makin' me thirsty!

I love Seinfeld; I will watch that show anytime I see that it's on. It's one of those shows where you can watch the episodes over and over again, and they're still funny. You gotta love Larry David.

I was craving Auntie Anne's the other night, so I decided to make some homemade-soft pretzels. The dough is a basic pretzel dough, but I made a glaze to brush on top, using butter, brown sugar and maple syrup, and then I sprinkled sea salt on top of the pretzels. See? Sweet and salty.



You don't want to brush too much of the glaze on top, because the bottom of the pretzels will stick to the pan - that's what happened to me. If you save a little glaze to the side, it's good for dipping.

Also, go ahead and eat up the pretzels on the day you make them; the next day they are too chewy to eat. They're absolutely perfect, hot out of the oven.

I adapted this recipe from King Arthur Whole Grain Baking, because I needed a reference on how to make pretzels. I've made pretzels before, but they've never turned out well. These are the best I've made...so far. My adaptation is a little quicker and easier than the original.


Maple-Toffee Glazed Pretzels

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups bread flour, plus additional for rolling
1 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoons butter, softened, plus additional for greasing
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

8 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda

1 egg
1 tablespoon water

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Directions:
In the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached, combine flour, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, yeast and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and mix until elastic, about 5 minutes on medium speed.

Butter a large mixing bowl; place dough inside and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. I set my bowl in the oven at 170 degrees F, but that may have been too warm. It got the job done though!

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (remove dough, duh). Butter two large baking sheet pans; line with parchment paper, then butter parchment.

Bring 8 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.

Divide dough into 8 equal pieces, and roll into pretzel shape on a floured surface.

Reduce water to a simmer; gently lower two pretzels into water, cook 1 minute, then remove onto baking sheet using a slotted spoon or spatula. Repeat process with remaining pretzels.

Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water, in a small bowl, until combined; brush evenly over tops of pretzels.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in maple syrup and brown sugar, and bring mixture to a boil, whisking frequently; boil 1 minute, then remove from heat.

After 10 minutes, remove pretzels from oven and brush glaze over the tops (save leftover glaze for dipping!). Evenly sprinkle pretzels with sea salt. Return pans to oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown; transfer to wire racks.

Makes 8 large pretzels


60 comments:

  1. I love aunt Aunties and I love your sweet and salty combination! Cute doggie things.

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  2. I too love Seinfeld...a classic. I also love those pretzels...what a beautiful glaze...I bet they were "moreish".

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  3. I loved those pretzels when I went to the mall growing up, probably the best part about shopping :)

    Nice job on the twisting part too, I've seen it done and I think it looks tricky

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  4. Mmm. Apparently my husband learned to make pretzels in home-ec class in high school. i wonder why he has never made me anything that looks as good as these do?

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  5. Sweet & salty is my very favorite flavor combo. I love making homemade pretzels, but I'm a little twisting challenged. Yours look perfect!

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  6. Love the Seinfeld quotes. OH, Em, you're making me have to make pretzels again....

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  7. yummy these look really good and the sweet and saltu flavour is great.

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  8. Sweet and salty rules. Yet one more recipe makes me wish I had a stand mixer. :)

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  9. I crave those pretzels sometimes too. It's a must-have purchase while strolling through the mall sometimes!

    The sweet glaze sounds delicioso!

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  10. OH MY GAH nomnomnom!

    Pretzels are one of my favey-faves! The plain ones with nacho cheese, especially. Did I mention that recently? It feels deja vu-ish.

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  11. Never been mad on pretzels (maybe it's a US thing?) but these look lovely. Perhaps this is what I've been missing - sweet pretzels!!!
    The photos are gorgeous.

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  12. Oh do those pretzels look good. I'd like one with a coke on the side!!! (Cute dog too!)

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  13. Hola beauty! I like the new look of your blog :D

    Those Pretzels look fantastic Emiline!!! I just wish one day I could new half of what you new on baking and desserts :D

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  14. these look so good that I'm thinking about making some now- I'm not usually that impulsive! I've never made pretzels but I keep seeing different ones pop up on blogs (yours look the best of course!) so now I'll have to try these out!

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  15. I have yet to try making pretzels, Emiline! These are gorgeous, sweetie!

    Oh, and Seinfeld... Just can't get enough of it. I saw the cock fight episode last week and laughed my heart out. :)

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  16. What a delicious idea. YOu are so inspired and inspiring.

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  17. I've never tried to make pretzels before. Auntie Anne's is heard to beat. Their cinnamon sugar is the bomb.

    And I am one of Larry David's biggest fans!!! Do you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm? I watch the same episodes over and over and still laugh my ass off.

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  18. oh, kramer. how i miss you.
    moving on--great pretzels. the glaze sounds marvelous, perhaps even better than my standard mustard dip. :)

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  19. Sweet and salty? I am intrigued to try these.

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  20. YUM. Love Seinfeld... and I love the thought of making pretzels.

    Since I'm a hopeless case when it comes to the sweet/salty combo (can't resist), these seem like a natural! At least as good as muffin tops!

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  21. Soft pretzels are my latest pregnancy craving. I need to make me some of these!!

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  22. I actually almost drooled when I saw this picture! I've never had a pretzel, mabye making these will be my first taste of them!

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  23. I love Seinfeld, I love pretzels, I love Aunti Anne's and know I love you! I'm all for the sweet and salty combo!

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  24. I havent had an Auntie Anne in at least 10 years. It's probably been that long since I've been to the mall where the smell would taunt me until I bought one. Does the fact that it's been a decade since my last mall visit make me cool or a nerd? I can't decide.

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  25. PS- I miss Seinfeld. "The contest" is TV comedy perfection.

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  26. I have a soft-spot for soft pretzels and these look so great. I don't have time to make them though, can I order a shipment from you? :)

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  27. Yet another amazingly photographed delicacy! I'm in awe! And I LOVE that line from Seinfeld. The best.

    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  28. Seinfeld rocks, as do those pretzels - make a gluten-free version for me, please????? Thanks :0)

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  29. I love Seinfeld too just like Cheers, its now on Hallmark.. :) they are forever shows to watch again and a again.. I just think your pretzel is wonderful.. :) 3 cheers

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  30. Forget Larry David. You gotta love these pretzels. Oh, my.

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  31. Ha,ha.. As I was reading your post I was munching on pretzel rods. And getting wicked thirsty! I'm sure yours are much better than the Rold Gold I just polished off. :) The glaze sounds yummy.

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  32. I think every time I post on your blog, I say "Mmmm". So here it goes again, "Mmmm."

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  33. We watch a tonne of Seinfeld in my place. I have to resist quoting it too much.

    The pretzels look great. I really need to get over my fear of doughs. I just screwed up a recipe last weekend.

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  34. Oh my, sweet glaze on a salty pretzel. I need to make these. They look delicious.

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  35. We love making homemade pretzels. I am for sure trying your glaze. Sounds awesome!

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  36. These look great! When I was little, I used to LOVE Auntie Anne's cinnamon sugar pretzels (still do, actually) -- love the salty/sweet combo. I bet maple toffee tastes delish!

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  37. That was a fantastic video to go along with your fantastic recipe. Can you please provide a Seinfeld clip to go with each of your recipes?

    Let me get this straight - you "craved" an Aunt Anne's pretzel and with no more than a fare thee well, you go into the kitchen and just whip these up? Amazing!

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  38. These look so yummy! I will have to try these. I get itchy hands when I roll bread but I will try! Maybe I will get latex gloves to get the job done!

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  39. these pretzels look absolutely delish and with maple syrup ... ooohhh!

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  40. Emiline you never fail to make me drool!! These are just another perfect example of the delish goodies you torment me with (not good when your trying to shift some lbs)..lol..;o)

    Maira
    x

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  41. These look so good girl! I've got to make them!

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  42. Happy blogoversary. I found your blog in today's blogoversary list. The pretzels look great. We have a son who lives in Hoboken, NJ which is just across the Hudson River. He works near Times Square and also loves Conan. Glad you had a great time.

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  43. Happy blogoversary. I found your blog in today's blogoversary list. The pretzels look great. We have a son who lives in Hoboken, NJ which is just across the Hudson River. He works near Times Square and also loves Conan. Glad you had a great time.

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  44. Oh how I miss pretzels, these sound extra yummy. They look perfect! I was always afraid of making them, mine would come out looking really funky :P.

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  45. Oh WOW I must make some of these Pretzels they look brilliant!

    Rosie x

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  46. Hmm, these even look like Aunty Anne's! Someday I must get over my pretzel-making fear and try these!

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  47. Must. Say. No. Must. Be. Strong.

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  48. I used to date a contortionist with a sweet-tooth...she would love these.

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  49. These sunds yummo - I am not normally a pretzel fan (here they are horrid, hard little plasticy things), but coated with maple-toffee and big and soft - mmmmm.

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  50. One day I have to make these.Its incredible how you whipped this up.

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  51. I have never made pretzels, either. Man, there is so much out there I need to try! Love the glaze on top with salt--sounds like a great combo.

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  52. These look amazing! I would never think of maple glaze for pretzels. I bet they'd be great for breakfast, even if that isn't their intended purpose :)

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