I have to say that one of the things I missed terribly after going gluten-free was soft pretzels. These are my version of soft pretzels that definitely take some time to prepare but are so worth it. T.G.I.G.F! produces a dough that you can actually roll and form into pretzel shapes, a true feat with gluten-free baking! I love to serve them warm with melted cheddar cheese or melted butter and cinnamon sugar on top.
I pkg. T.G.I.G.F! Baking and Bread Mix
3 T. Organic Brown Sugar
1 7 gram Active Dry Yeast Packet
1 1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1 c. Warm Water
1 lg. Egg, room temperature
2 T. Butter, softened
4 Qts. Water
1/4 c. Baking Soda
2 T. Organic Sugar
Melted Butter and Cinnamon Sugar
In a large mixing bowl combine T.G.I.G.F!, brown sugar, yeast packet, salt,and baking powder. Slowly add warm water, egg and softened butter, mix until fully blended. Cover bowl and allow to rise until doubled in size about 45-60 minutes.While the dough is rising, fill a large stockpot with 4 quarts of water. Once dough has doubled, preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Bring water to a boil and turn dough out onto a lightly T.G.I.G.F! "floured" surface. Divide the dough into twelve, 12" portions. Gently roll dough into logs and shape into a pretzel form or cut into smaller logs. You can get about 3 logs in each 12" portion. Cover the rolled pieces and continue until all dough is used. Add baking soda and sugar to boiling water, wait until foaming stops then drop 6-8 logs or 3 pretzels into water for 5 seconds. Dough will sink then rise, once it rises to the top, take it out of the baking soda water. Place dough on parchment lined cookie sheets. Once all pieces are on cookie sheet, sprinkle with kosher salt, if desired. Bake full size pretzels for 12-16 minutes and smaller pretzel logs for 9-12 minutes. I like to leave some plain, bake them and once cooled, wrap them individually and freeze in a Ziploc bag. When I want to have a fresh soft pretzel or pretzel logs, I take them out of the freezer, brush with water, sprinkle with kosher salt and microwave 15-20 seconds. I also love to brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar then microwave 15-20 seconds.These are absolutely the best soft pretzel I have had!