Pretzels

Tried these at the weekend; part of our planned ‘Bread to impress’ course.  The shaping is not too difficult but getting the skin forming and the chewiness is a challenge.  Bicarbonate of soda is added to the water in which they are boiled and they swell a good deal in the pan and then an egg wash is applied before they go in the oven.  As well as the traditional salt, I tried cumin seeds and brown sugar.

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Taste and texture were good but not perfect and I think I need to make them thinner next time.  Had not realised how much they swell!

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