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Neujahrspretzel New Year s Pretzels


2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 package yeast, active, dry
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
7 cup flour, unbleached
2 each eggs, large
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 ; water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almonds, chopped

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


Servings: 2



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