Don’t you just love getting a soft pretzel at a sporting event, concert, or venue? For some people it’s their go-to snack and something they look forward to on their way to the event. However, it’s a snack that people with food allergies have to stay away from. Not to fear! You can now make a soft pretzel that is gluten-free, and for me, used with different oil, since I can’t eat canola oil.
This recipe offers two different shapes you can make them in. You can shape the pretzels as a bunny or shape them in the regular pretzel shape. The tutorials on how to shape the pretzels are referenced below, in step number 4, through their website*. What’s amazing about making the pretzels yourself is that you could use your own creativity and form any shape you want. Surprise yourself and your friends and family with your pretzel making skills by making cool shapes, designs, and letters.
When making something yourself, you get to prepare it any way you want. If you don’t like a lot of salt on your pretzels, then you can put as little salt as you want and vice versa. There’s nothing worse than getting a soft pretzel that has way too much salt on it, so you don’t want to eat it or not enough salt where it is bland and flavorless. Follow the recipe below to make some Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels and prepare them to your liking.
serves: 6 Soft Pretzels
- 1 c. warm water
- 2¼ tsp. dry active yeast
- ½ tsp. coconut sugar (or use granulated sugar)
- 1 Tbsp. pysllium husk powder + 3 Tbsp. warm water, sit for 1 minute to thicken
- 3¼ c. Cara’s All-Purpose flour blend
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 6-8 c. water
- ¼ c. baking soda
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
Lightly coat with:
- olive oil
- coarse salt
- Allow the yeast and sugar to froth in the warm water for 10 minutes.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together until well-combined. Take out about 1 c. of the flour and keep nearby in a measuring cup nearby. Add the yeast mix, oil, maple syrup, and thickened psyllium into the bowl with flour and stir until dough becomes scrappy. Start adding the other half of the flour, ¼ c. at a time until mixed in and a dough starts to form. Start kneading the dough with your hands for a couple of minutes in the bowl at this time to get it smooth. The dough should be moist but not sticky.
- Divide the dough into six, even and smooth balls.
- Roll each ball out with your hands on a lined flat surface until you have a long 14″ snake-like dough piece. For the bunny shape, cut off 2″ of the dough and set aside. For regular soft pretzel shapes, keep at 14″. Follow the tutorials in the post for how to shape your pretzels. For the bunny, take the remainder 2″ piece, roll it up and fill in the gap for the tail. (*Tutorials: http://bit.ly/1MITEMz*).
- Place on a baking sheet, cover and allow to gently rise for 30 minutes in a non-drafty spot in your kitchen.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Bring your water to a boil in a large pot. Add the baking soda (slowly, it will start to cause your water to rise) and maple syrup.
- Gently place each pretzel in one-by-one with the guidance of a large spatula that will guide each one into the water. Allow to boil for 1 minute on each side, very gently turning over on the other side. Be careful, if done too quickly your pretzels can fall apart.
- Place on a baking sheet (with your spatula), lightly coating the tops with olive oil and sprinkling with coarse sea salt immediately. Repeat for each one.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, turning the baking sheet around after the half-way point of cooking. Bake until a beautiful brown exterior forms. Allow to cool fully on the baking sheet before enjoying.
You can now make a soft pretzel that is gluten-free and great for anyone to enjoy. You get to have a little fun making them by choosing which shape you want to form the pretzels as and put on the right amount of salt. Make a batch of Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels to show your friends and family members all your talents of pretzel shaping.
Inspired by: http://bit.ly/1MITEMz