Bakery-style homemade pretzels, aka Laugen Brezen, from a German baker to you! These are the large pretzels that taste so good dunked into German mustard. You NEED to make these! Andy, one of our readers, wrote that his Dad, Ferdinand, a former Bavarian baker, taught him the recipe and technique, so it is genuinely authentic.
I was blessed when he was willing to share the recipe below as well as his photo. He also said to remember that the lye solution is key to the flavor. Do read his caution in the recipe when using lye solution. This is definitely not a recipe you want the kids to help with, unless it's forming the traditional shape. If you'd rather not use lye, then check below for my recipe.
*This recipe is sized for a 575w Kitchenaid mixer batch and has been scaled down/translated from an old recipe from Straubing, Bavaria*
If you are not too keen on using lye, then here's my recipe for making pretzels. These are ones you'll definitely be wanting your kids to have fun with, helping you make.
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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 :)"
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