Today we decided to try and make another Disney treat, the Mickey pretzel.
Of course ours is simple mouse ears. We tried to do the fancy face ones, and we did a great job with the dough, pulling it out of the water was another story. So we recommend going more compact and smaller on this one.
Here’s What You Need:
For the Dough:
- 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
- 1 TBSP Sugar
- 2 TSP Kosher Salt
- 2 1/4 TSP Active Dry Yeast
- 4 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter – Melted
- Vegetable Oil of Cooking Spray
- 1 Large Egg Yolk
- 1 tsp Water
- Pretzel Salt
For Boiling The Pretzel:
- 10 Cups Water
- 2/3 Cup Baking Soda
Mix warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
Add salt, butter and flour and mix together. I recommend using a bread hook attachment on a mixer.
After mixing turn to medium and let it knead for a few minutes. If you don’t have a mixer, knead it on an oiled surface for about ten minutes.
Cover and let rest until the dough doubles in size, about 50 minutes to an hour.
Oil a work surface with cooking spray or cooking oil. Turn out the dough and cut it into pieces. We did 8 pieces to make the smaller pretzels.
Make snakes with the dough and make one large circle and two smaller ones for ears. Pinch together. Let it sit for a few minutes while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees and get your water bath ready.
Mix 10 cups water with 2/3 cups baking soda. Bring to a boil.
Gently place one pretzel and boil for a minute. Drain (drain well) and place it on a greased or oiled baking sheet. Make sure it’s oiled well as these can really stick.
Mix the egg yolk and water for an egg wash. Brush the wash on top of the pretzels and season with pretzel salt. I’m not a big fan of pretzel salt, so I used some pink salt instead.
Put in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Have fun with it!
Now it was a lot of trial and error until we found a way to get them in and out of the water bath. If we used two utensils and lifted it out it worked the best.
The one in the photo is my daughter’s work. She did a great job, so kids can definitely help shape the pretzels. Of course don’t let young children near the boiling water, mixer, or hot stove. I would recommend letting younger children shape them. You could do Mickey Mouse, or dinosaurs, or shapes, or numbers, etc. Have fun with it.
What do you think? Comment and let us know!
Source recipe credit: Disney Dishes Blog