The Brezel (English "Pretzel") has been known and enjoyed in Germany and surrounding European countries for 1400 years now.
It is a long piece of that is formed into shapes that often look somehow similar to the number 8. According to one tradition it
was first invented by Christian monks and than spread throughout areas in middle Europe before it was introduced to the United States by German immigrants in the 19th century.
Pretzels are usually prepared from a dough with wheat flower and milk as the main ingredients. They are available in different shapes and can be prepared as hard pretzels which have a long shelf life and
often are served as snacks on festive occasions or soft ones which should be eaten shortly after they have been baked. A Brezel is traditionally just spiced with coarse grained salt. My recipe will show you how to bake soft Brezeln that can serve as part of a main meal.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: at least 16 to 18 minutes
Resting time: 90 minutes
Total time needed: at least 2 H 20 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard
This recipe was inspired by Italia you can find their recipe in German language here
Serve pretzels with butter just as they are, to accompany a soup or the traditional Bavarian way with Weisswurst and sweet mustard.
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