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Neujahrspretzel (New Year's Pretzels)

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These Pretzels are great for New Year's! Baked and then topped with icing and chopped almonds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c Milk
  • 2 packs Yeast; Active, Dry
  • 1/2 c Sugar2 Eggs; Large
  • Water1/4 c Almonds; Chopped
  • 1/2 c Butter Or Margarine
  • 2 t Salt
  • 7 c Flour; Unbleached
  • 1 c Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130 degrees F.)
  2.  Mix yeast, salt, sugar, and 1 cup flour. Slowly beat into warm milk. Beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and 1 cup of flour. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Add enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch dough down and let rise again until doubled. (1 hour more).
  7. Divide dough in half.
  8. Shape pretzel by rolling dough into a rope about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Cross the ends leaving a large loop in the center.
  10. Flip loop back onto crossed ends to form a pretzel. Repeat with remaining dough.
  11. Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Let rise 15 minutes more.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  13. Mix confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla to form a thin icing.
  14. Spread icing on pretzels and sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Makes 2 large pretzels.

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