March 31, 2020

Polish Pretzel

When I work open the recipe I usually have an idea how the dish will taste. If it's not like I thought the adding or substituting spices until I receive the best of. With this recipe was completely different. In my had I remember perfectly the taste and at first I thought I will never receive the result not even close to the original. Polish pretzel called "obwarzanek" it's one of the most tradicional bread sold on streets by old ladies. This is how I see it when I look back to my childhood. The recipe turned out to be good, I had to only find the right technique here. And I did. Now it's a good time to try bake a bread home.
  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 270 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • Sprinkles: sesame seeds, caraway seeds, sea salt, poppy seeds, crispy onions (chose ones you like most, plain is also an option)
  1. Mix all dry ingredients by the fork in a bowl.
  2. Add whole water and mix by hand. (The dough should be elastic but shouldn't stick to the hand any more).
  3. Grab a big bowl and spread whole surface with oil. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a cling film well.
  4. Set aside for 1-2h to let it rise.
  5. Cover a baking try with parchment paper.
  6. In a meantime boil water in a big pot. We will be
  7. Take out the dough and put on a floured surface. Knead for 5 min.
  8. Divide into 6 equal pieces. Grab one pice and for a small bowl then start rolling by your hands from middle to the ends direction until you will achieve 50 cm long rope.
  9. Pinch end together and fold in half. Grab ends and and twist few times.
  10. Connect ends to get a wreath shape. Repeat with all pieces.
  11. It's a good time to set up your oven on up and down baking program on 220°C.
  12. Gently drop a pretzel in a boiling water and boil it for 1 min each side. Drain with slotted spoon and place on a baking tray. (The best is to do it one by one to avoid sticking together.) S
  13. Sprinkle with sesame, caraway seeds, salt, poppy seeds or onion. You can also bake them plain. 
  14. Bake for 20 min until golden. 
  15. Remove from the oven and let them seat on the wooden board.

The whole recipe it seems to be complicated - nothing more wrong. It's simple and sooooo tasty. The crust is crunchy and inside fluffy. It is everything compare to the supermarket baguette. It is a real thing. I love the taste, shape and the way how you make it. I have baked it already twice since our lockdown. The only regret is I have no poppy seeds which is my favourite topping for those little tasty things.

Myniowska xxx

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