As I think is common with most homebrewers, I enjoy cooking from time to time. There is something about creating your own stuff that is very rewarding. My wife and I have been dying for pretzels very since we left Philly. If you don’t know, Philadelphia is the mecca for soft pretzels. I believe the average Philadelphian consumers 4x the amount of pretzels that the average American does.
When looking around for pretzels, we decided that putting a hot dog in one would be a fun idea. So this is what we came up with.
- 1.5 cups of water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package of dry yeast
- 1.5 tsp. of sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 a stick of butter
- 2 more cups of flour (will explain)
- coarse salt
I found bits and pieces of different pretzel recipes on the interwebs, and just cobbled them together into this. Add warm water with the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl and mix well. It should be like pancake mix. Then thrown in the yeast and let it bubble a bit. Then add in the other two cups of flour and start kneading the dough. If it is sticky add a little more flour. Place it in a bowl and let it rise. While it is rising go ahead and cook off your hot dogs. We cooked five, but you can probably get away with up to eight.
After about an hour the dough is ready. Rip off a piece and flatten it out so that it is about the size of your wrist to your fingertips. The thinner the piece is the less the dough will swell around the hot dog. Then you can put small cuts into the long side of the dough, leaving the area where the hot dog is going to do undisturbed. Place the hot dog in and then crisscross the dough.
Once you have done that for all of the hot dogs, place them on a cookie sheet and melt the half a stick of butter. Brush the melted butter on top of the dough and sprinkle on the coarse salt. Cook at 400 degrees for 1-15 minutes depending on your oven. Once the tops start to brown, check on them more frequently. Finally take them out of the over, allow them to cool a bit, and enjoy.
A few other things you could do are to put cheese in with the hot dog, perhaps something like a Philly cheese steak would be good as well. The possibilities are endless for what you could put inside. My persona;l choice would be to put cheese and a bacon wrapped hot dog in the center. Bacon makes everything better. You might still be wondering why this is on a beer blog, and all I have to say is that I felt like it and it involved yeast. Sounds good, enjoy. To see the rest of the pictures click on the following link. (more…)