HONEY WHEAT APPLE CINNAMON PRETZELS
- 1/8 cup hot water
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- Baking soda bath:
- 4 cups water
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- Cooking spray
- Melted butter
- Cinnamon sugar for topping
Prep your baking soda bath by adding ingredients to a 3-4 qt pan and letting it come to a gentle boil.
Prep another baking sheet with cooking spray, being sure it is fully greased.
Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine hot water & yeast. Stir until dissolved.
Add warm water, brown sugar, applesauce, honey and cinnamon. Stir until combined.
Slowly add 4 cups of whole wheat flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a dough that doesnt stick to the sides of the bowl.
Lightly flour counter or a large baking sheet and also your hands.
Knead the dough until it is stretch & smooth. Push dough down and away from you with the palms of your hands, turning the dough as you work.
Divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls. Using the following 4 steaps, shape each dough balls into a pretzel shape:
Roll the dough into a 14 inches long rope as thick as your thumb. Bend the dough into a U shape.
Cross one ends of the rope over the other one. The ropes should cross about 3 inches from the tips.
Twist the crossed ends, making a full turn. Fold ends back, towards the middle of the U.
Open the ends slightly to form a pretzel shape. Press ends into the dough firmly.
After you have made your pretzels, your baking soda bath will be ready.
Using a pancake turner/wide slotted spatula, immerse one pretzel into the water and allow it to come up to the surface. It will float when its ready - about 30-35 seconds.
Place pretzel onto your greased cookie sheet, shaking off excess water.
Spray the tops of your pretzels with cooking spray and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
Brush with melted butter and top with cinnamon sugar.