Tuesday, March 15, 2016

pretzel dogs


  • Servings: 20
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 (16 ounce) packages hot dogs
  • 1/4 cup coarse kosher salt, or to taste


    Cook Time: 30 mins Ready Time: 2 hrs 15 mins

  • sprinkle the yeast and sugar over 2 cups of warm water in a small bowl. the water should be no more than 100 degrees f (40 degrees c). let stand for 20 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.
  • combine the yeast mixture with the warm milk, oil, and salt in a large mixing bowl; stir well to combine. stir in half of the flour mixture until no dry spots remain. stir in the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. the dough should be moderately stiff and slightly sticky. when the dough has pulled together, turn it out a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  • spray a large bowl with cooking spray, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat. cover with plastic wrap or a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees f (27 to 35 degrees c)) until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
  • after the dough has risen, fill a large pot with about 8 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the baking soda and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. while the water is coming to a boil cut the the dough into 20 pieces, about the size of a golf ball. roll each piece into a 12 inch long rope about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  • preheat an oven to 375 degrees f (190 degrees c). lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  • dip a strip of dough into the boiling water using a pair of tongs, count to 5, remove it from the water, and place it on a paper towel for a few seconds. wrap the strip around a hot dog, place on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with coarse salt. repeat with the remaining strips of dough and hot dogs.
  • bake in a preheated oven until they are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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