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Neujahrsbretzel (german New Year's Pretzel) Recipe

Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel) Recipe
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Category : new years bread
Cooking Time : 120 minutes
Serving : 8
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Prepare the ingredients before making Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel) in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel) for your family or friends.

Ingredients: Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel)

  • 500 g (4 cups) all-purpose/plain flour
  • 9 g (2 1/2 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 60 g (4 Tbsp) sugar
  • 5 g (1 tsp) salt
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
  • 60 g (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 egg at room temp.
  • 250 ml (2 cups) milk, lukewarm temp
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  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • Optional topping: large granulated sugar, poppy seeds etc.
  • 1 penny covered in aluminum foil for hiding ;)

How to Make Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel)

If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 19 steps you must follow to make Neujahrsbretzel (German New Year's Pretzel) in your home by yourself.

    Step 1
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, yeast, sugar, salt and lemon zest.
  • Step 2
  • Add chunks of butter and crumble it into the flour mix with your fingers until it's well incorporated. (You could melt it too)
  • Step 3
  • Add the warm milk and egg. Mix until the dough starts coming together .
  • Step 4
  • Bring the dough together and put on a floured surface. Knead...
  • Step 5
  • Continue kneading for about 10 minutes.., (this photo is after about 5 minutes)
  • Step 6
  • After about 10 minutes the dough should be smooth and elastic. Form into a round ball, return to bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 45-60 minutes in a warm spot.
  • Step 7
  • The dough should be noticeably larger.
  • Step 8
  • Cut off 1/4 of the dough to make the braid.
  • Step 9
  • Roll the main piece into a long roll that has tapered ends. Mine was about 100 cm in length.
  • Step 10
  • On a lined baking pan, Fold it into a pretzel shape.
  • Step 11
  • I usually stuff the holes with aluminum so they don't close up as the bread rises in the oven.
  • Step 12
  • Divide the smaller piece of dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each out into a thin strand (about 50 cm)
  • Step 13
  • Pinch the 3 ends together.
  • Step 14
  • Braid the three strands together...
  • Step 15
  • And pinch the other 3 ends together.
  • Step 16
  • Lay the braid over the top of the pretzel. Don't forget to hide your lucky penny somewhere ;)
  • Step 17
  • Beat an egg well and brush the whole pretzel with the egg wash.
  • Step 18
  • Optionally sprinkle with large sugar granules or poppy seeds.
  • Step 19
  • Bake at 200C/400F for 25-30 minutes until bronze/golden brown.
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