German Soft Pretzels – Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside! This recipe is easy to make & – using baking soda instead of real brine – completely safe.
Woohoo! Tomorrow the World Cup Final is happening! Are you on Team Argentina or on Team Germany?
It may seem like I’m firmly rooting for Germany as this post is all about German Soft Pretzels – but really I’m just sad to have seen the Netherlands kicked out. Now I’m all for a good game!
In all honesty I should probably be supporting Germany, having a Bavarian grandmother and all.
But whenever I think of Bavaria the only image I get in my head is something entirely different.
See, my aunt took my brother and me on holiday to Munich six or seven years ago.
She was a bit surprised when she had a hard time finding a hotel with rooms still available months in advance but I guess she just thought Munich was a very desirable destination.
We weren’t even suspicious of anything when we first got there, sitting down eating Pretzels and enjoying the afternoon.
But then we noticed something. We noticed people wearing name tags. All over the city with the same kind of name tags.
Now I don’t know about you but I feel kind of weird staring at someone’s chest just to identify what kind of group they belong to.
But there were so many of them, I quickly got over social rules. I just had to find out. And I did. Yehova Witness World Conference.
I was fascinated. They were everywhere and they all looked so different from each other. There were women wearing ankle-length skirts and there were women wearing fishnet stockings.
Men in expensive suits and men in farmer’s clothes. Couples with lots of children and couples who looked like they wouldn’t even get near a child.
I quickly realized my naivety though – how could I expect such a large grouping to consist of homogenous individuals?
But they were the reason we’d had such a hard time finding a hotel room. Or were they?
There was one thing my aunt hadn’t factored in when she booked our holiday: It was Christopher Street Day.
Imagine our surprise when we walked into the city and it was full of people dancing and raving.
And imagine the eclectic mix of a huge religious group and Christopher Street Day. It seems so absurd and out of this world – I loved it!
Seriously, how could I even begin to remember anything but that wonderful memory when thinking of Bavaria? Not even a brilliant soccer game will beat this.
Anyhow, speaking of soccer again – whoever you will be supporting tomorrow, these Pretzels will make it a better experience!
And if you want to keep it all balanced I suggest you grill up a big steak to go with it!
World Cup Special: German Soft Pretzels
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- 1.5 oz cake yeast 42g
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 cups flour 500g
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water 300ml
- 1.5 quarts water 1.4l
- 3.5 oz baking soda 100g
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Your favorite toppings (sea salt sesame seeds, poppy seeds, cheese... Anything goes!)