This German Pretzel recipe ("Brezel")is among the easiest I've found. Crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. Make it either with just white flour, or do as I do, and mix a bit of whole wheat in.
Having made this for the first time, and altering the recipe to make it easy, I have to admit, I'm hooked!
The only pretzels I knew over here in Canada are the small little hard, salty things one buys in bags as snack foods.
They're alright, but I always wondered what people saw in them. When I saw them for sale, large and bread-like, I just never bothered with them.
That is, until my recent trip to Germany. Accidentally, I had a "laugen" roll. It looked very similar to the soft pretzels, only it was a round roll with cuts in the top and sprinkled with coarse salt. After that, I indulged in German pretzels!
Oh my, delicious!
And so, my quest for the perfect recipe for pretzels. I even realized that making pretzels, although it takes a bit of patience, really is easy.
Among Oktoberfest recipes, this one should be a must. Dipped in hot German mustard or just plain, right out of the oven, you'll soon be in love with these too.
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German Pretzel Recipe
Anne says, "Just made this last week for my Birthday. I usually add walnut pieces or almond slivers. Can't believe it looks exactly the same as my Mama taught me some 40 years ago, the only thing what we did different, we use a fork to make the ridges in the apples. But they do open up better the way you do it with the knife. And you are right, this recipe never fails :)"
Gabriele H. says, "What a wonderful place to find German recipes without having to call family in Germany. I'm loving it."
Catherine R. says, "Tomorrow is a good day to try this!"
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Joy B: Our family always used white vinegar instead of lemon juice, and added paprika ... but I think I'd like this version better!
Alice D: Every time I make these I always have to make 3 times as much! Our friends always want some so it never goes to waste.
Gaby S: This is in my oven right NOW!!! Can't wait to try it!
Sunetra C: Das sieht aber lecker aus.
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