Crunchy store pretzels are cool and all, but the soft pretzels that are seemingly boring AF at special events and stadiums are a beautiful thing. Doused with crappy neon cheese sauce, a squirt of mustard, or just as is, they’re nostalgic and always satisfy a craving. Maybe you’re like me and scrape off approximately 30% of the salt. That taste ratio of base-tasting baking soda that helps the outside get so gorgeously brown and crunchy intense salt is the secret part that you can’t skip, because you will end up with bread rolls.
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Like bagels, pretzels are boiled in water after shaping to help soak and par-cook the outside. This helps water embed itself in the outer layers of the dough to steam ano cook itself into a crusty, tasty, skin. This is where the salt lives, and this skin also helps trap THC vapors in the bread, so some of it will survive higher baking temps.
Cannabis Soft Pretzels
Danielle Guercio, 2017
Makes 8 pretzels, 5mg THC per pretzel
For pretzel dough:
- 1 ⅛ th cup warm water
- 2 Tbs sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbs room temperature cannabutter*
- 3 cups flour
- 1 ¾ tsp yeast
- 2 Tbs coarse salt
- 3 qt boiling water
- ½ cup baking soda
Prep the pretzel dough by mixing all of the ingredients except the coarse salt in a large bowl. You can also use a bread machine on a pizza setting, which will also complete the rise for you so you have extra fluffy pretzels.
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If using a bowl make sure to knead with a spatula until some of the stickiness goes away, and oil the dough ball before rising in a the bowl covered with plastic for an hour.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and set the pot of baking soda water to boil. Turn the risen dough out onto a work surface and cut into 8 pieces.
Shaping the dough is super fun and takes a little practice, but after 8 tries, you will have made at least one perfect pretzel. The shape is all appearances because even ugly ones make fabulous snacks and sandwich buns.
Boil each pretzel for 15 seconds on each side and quickly set on a paper towel to drain. Set on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. While it’s damp, sprinkle some of the coarse salt on all sides.
Once you’ve boiled and salted them all, bake for 10 minutes, rotating once. You can go for another 5 for extra brown crust, but they are so yummy either way. Serve warm with mustard.
Decarboxylate 3.5g of finely ground cannabis at 225 degrees for 20 minutes in a tightly sealed, oven safe container. Put cannabis in lidded mason jar or vacuum sealed bag with cannabis and one stick of butter. Heat in water bath just under boiling for at least 1 hour. Strain and chill to use in recipes.
Game day snacks and day off indulgent sandwiches just got that much more lit. You won’t be able to eat just one, so keep the dosing on the chill side for the best time. Now we have to hack a cheese sauce to have happy butter in it too.