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Cheesy Pretzel Twists

Cheesy Pretzel Twists
Simple homemade pretzel dough wrapped around cheddar cheese– so simple yet hit-the-spot delicious!
Yield: 18-20 twists
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups warm (110-115°F) water (300ml)
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Platinum Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp (20g) honey
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 ¾ – 4 ¼ cups (470-530g) all-purpose flour + more for work surface
  • 18-20 cheddar cheese sticks (about 4½ inches each)
  • 9 cups water and ⅓ cup baking soda (for water bath)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Topping (optional): 4 Tablespoons (60g) melted unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Step 1. Whisk the yeast into the 1 and ½ cups warm water. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Some clusters of yeast may remain. Add honey and 1 Tablespoon melted butter (not warmer than 110-115°F). Whisk until fairly combined. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon (or dough hook attached to stand mixer) until dough is thick. Add ¾ cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add up to ¼ cup more. Poke the dough with your finger – if it bounces back, it is ready for the next step.

  2. Step 2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 3 minutes, then shape into a ball. Place in a large greased mixing bowl. Cover and let the dough rest in a warm area for about 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  4. Step 4. Cut off a handful of dough. Roll into an 18-inch log, about ¾ inch thick. Coil tightly around a cheese stick. You do not want any cheese to be exposed. Pinch to seal the edges. Repeat with the remaining cheese and dough.

  5. Step 5. Combine 9 cups of water with the baking soda in a large pot. Bring to a rapid boil. Drop 2-3 pretzel twists into boiling water and let sit for 20 seconds. Remove and place onto prepared baking sheet.

  6. Step 6. Brush beaten egg over each pretzel. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

  7. Step 7. Remove from the oven and brush each pretzel with remaining melted butter. Serve warm.

  8. For step by step instructions >> see blog.

  9. Recipe created by Sally's Baking Addiction.
Notes
Make ahead/Freezing: The prepared pretzel dough can be refrigerated for up to one day or frozen in an airtight container for three months. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight. Refrigerated dough can be shaped into pretzel twists while still cold, but allow some extra time for the pretzels to puff up before the baking soda bath and baking. Baked pretzel twists freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the oven at 300°F (149°C) until warm.

Additional Notes: Cheese is bound to seep out a little, but to avoid a total cheese explosion– make sure you wrap the cheese up extremely tight. No cheese peeking out from under the dough! If the unused ball of dough rises a lot while you’re working on coiling the pretzels, make sure you punch it down to remove any air bubbles.
 

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