Please welcome the lovely Rachael from Eazy Peazy Mealz! She’s here to share this mouthwatering Garlic Parmesan Soft Pretzel recipe with you and will be sharing a new recipe every month. Please give her a warm welcome! -Tessa
I don’t know about you guys, but there is just something about a soft pretzel that takes me straight to a sporting stadium. Usually baseball, but really it could be any stadium. I am kind of a “Go Sports!” “Yay Team!” kind of girl. I like sports, but mostly participating in them. But one thing I LOVE is the food associated with sports. If I hear the word “meatballs” I immediately think “Tailgating”. I love a good game day spread. Tailgating, carbs, and the smell of stadium hot dogs, popcorn, and my all-time-favorite: Soft Pretzels!
My husband on the other hand can’t get enough sports, and my son follows right in his footsteps. I constantly get to hear the ESPN updates, and random facts about this player or that. I made the mistake of letting my son install the ESPN app to his iPod and so every time he gets a notification, I get a very excited boy telling me whatever it was he just read from the screen. The upside is, he is reading…A LOT!
But anyway, I like sports, I LOVE food. And soft pretzels rate pretty high on my list. There is just something so good about a nice crispy outside, and a pillowy soft inside, with the tang of salt, and the various dipping sauces that makes my mouth water! I typically go for the sweet over the savory, so when I was making these soft pretzels I made a few different versions, one with cinnamon and sugar. But I kept coming back to the idea of a garlic parmesan pretzel. It just sounded so good. And so I went to work, and these beauties were the result!
I like to make my soft pretzels a little smaller than what you would find at the stadium. I have kids, and thought these would be a fun after school snack, but didn’t want them to be too full for dinner. So I divided my dough into 12 evenly sized balls (You can use a kitchen scale to make sure they are exact), and rolled them out!
My whole family loved them, and I hope you will too.
Taste: Buttery, garlicy, and cheesey!
Texture: Crisp outside, soft inside
Appearance: Golden brown
Pros: Tastes like a ball park
Cons: Have to wait for rise time.
Would I make this again? Definitely would make this again!
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How to make Garlic Parmesan Soft Pretzels
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
4-4 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) melted butter
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Johnny’s Garlic Spread and Seasoning (*or use 1 1/2 Tbs garlic salt)
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
Baking Soda Bath
9 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
Salt for garnish (Large crystals)
- Combine water, sugar, salt, and active dry yeast in a stand mixer
- Let yeast proof by letting it stand for about 5 minutes. When it starts to foam, move to next step.
- Using a kneading hook attachment, turn your mixer on, and slowly add flour, corn starch, and melted butter a little at a time.
- Mix on low to combine ingredients.
- Add in parmesan cheese and garlic spread and let combine
- Increase to medium speed, and knead for 5-7 minutes, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Kneading allows the gluten to develop, so do not skip this step.
- Remove from bowl, put a little oil in bowl, and put dough back in, cover, and let rise until double in size.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
- Line sheet with parchment paper
- Bring 9 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.
- Divide dough into 12 even balls, and form into pretzel twists
- Once water is boiling, place each twist, one at a time, into boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Remove, and put on cookie sheet, about an inch or so apart, and continue until all pretzels have had a water bath.
- Beat egg yolk and water together and brush over top of pretzels with a pastry brush
- Sprinkle with large crystal salt and bake 13-17 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve.
Rachael Yerkes at Eazy Peazy Mealz
Don’t they just look so great? Well here are a few tips to help you get great results:
- Knead: You need to knead. This lets the gluten develop, which in turns helps them be stretchy and elastic so you can get a nice pretzel shape.
- Baking Soda Bath: Don’t be afraid of this step. It is really easy, and makes a big difference in getting that crispy outside with the soft inside. Just remember to do them one at a time.
- Egg wash: This helps them brown up. Don’t skip it!
Bonus: Brush them with melted butter after removing from oven for even more delicious flavor!
If you love soft pretzels as much as I do, be sure to check out these Sun Dried Tomato and Cheese Stuffed Soft Pretzel.
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