Twisted Sisters

You can learn how to make traditional stadium-style pretzels or try these other fun shapes.

Pretzel Rolls

Follow the instructions for Classic Soft Pretzels through Step 3. Then to shape the rolls:

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time, pat the dough down with your fingertips to form a 4-inch circle. Lightly dust the work surface and dough with flour if it’s sticky. Fold the edges of the circle into the center so that they meet in the middle. Pinch the seams together and turn the roll over so the seam side is down. Hold the roll in between cupped hands and roll it around rapidly to smooth out the seams and create an evenly shaped sphere. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Let rise, dip in baking soda solution and bake, as instructed in the recipe. Use a sharp paring knife to slit a large, deep cross in the top of each roll before baking. Bake as instructed in the master recipe.

Makes 12 rolls.

Übers

Follow the instructions for Classic Soft Pretzels through Step 3. Then to shape the rolls:

Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion of dough into a 45-inch rope, applying even pressure as you roll from the center of the dough out; the arms of the pretzels should be just slightly tapered. (Note that you’ll need lots of counter space!) Let rise, dip in baking soda solution and bake, as instructed in the recipe but decrease the oven temperature to 450°F. and increase the baking time to 11 to 15 minutes.

Makes 4 large pretzels

Philadelphia-Style

Follow the instructions for Classic Soft Pretzels through Step 3. Then to shape the rolls:

Shape each portion of dough into a 26-inch rope, applying even pressure as you roll from the center of the dough out to avoid tapering the ends. Shape the pretzel into the classic pretzel shape, but attach the ends of the rope to the U at 6 o’clock. Pull the sides of the pretzels out at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock to elongate them into a horizontal oval shape that resembles an infinity sign.* Let rise, dip in baking soda solution and arrange a chain of 4 pretzels per baking sheet so that they’re touching. Bake as instructed in the recipe.

Makes 8 connected rolls

TIP *If you want to eliminate the hole in these pretzels and use them for sandwiches, you can attach the ends of the rope to the U at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Then pull the sides of the pretzels out where the tips are attached to elongate them into a horizontal oval shape that resembles an infinity sign.


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