Soft Pretzels with Hummus

Hummus is super easy to make and can be enjoyed with cut-up fruits and vegetables, bread, crackers, and so much more. It pairs especially well with our soft New York-style pretzels!

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Get out a stand mixer and attach the dough hook.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray.
  3. Get out a large pot, a small glass measuring cup, and a slotted spoon.
  4. Set up the food processor.
  5. Set up 2 cooling racks.

STEP TWO – Start the Pretzels

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of warm water
1 packet of active dry yeast
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
1 tablespoon of white sugar
3 cups of all-purpose flour
Coarse sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In the bowl of the mixer, add the warm water and yeast.
  2. Whisk to dissolve the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes until it’s proofed.
  3. Melt the butter in the glass measuring cup for 30-34 seconds and let it cool.
  4. Add the cooled butter, salt, and sugar to the yeast.
  5. Attach the bowl to the mixer and mix on low as you add in 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.
  6. If the dough is still sticky, add more flour until you can poke the dough with your finger and it bounces back.
  7. Lightly flour a countertop and knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
  8. Shape the dough into a ball, then lightly spray the mixer bowl with canola spray and put the dough in it.
  9. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the baking soda bath.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

STEP THREE – Prepare Baking Soda Bath

Ingredients:

½ cup of baking soda
10 cups of water

Instructions:

  1. In the large pot, start boiling the water and baking soda.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, move onto STEP FOUR.

STEP FOUR – Shape the Dough into Pretzels

Instructions (if unclear, watch a YouTube video):

  1. Cut the pretzel dough into 10 pieces.
  2. Using a back and forth motion with your hands, roll the first piece into a 20-inch-long rope.
  3. Bring the ends of the rope together to form a circle.
  4. Twist the two ends around each other once.
  5. Bring the twisted ends toward yourself and fold down on the front curve of the pretzel.
  6. Set the pretzel aside on a lightly-dusted surface and repeat this process until all are created.

STEP FIVE – Boil and Bake

  1. Using a spatula, scoop 2 pretzels at a time off the counter and into the baking soda bath.
  2. Leave the pretzels in the bath for no more than 25 seconds.
  3. Remove the pretzels with the slotted spoon and let any excess water drip off them.
  4. Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  6. When all the pretzels are done in the bath, bake them for 10-15 minutes until they’re golden brown.
  7. Transfer to the cooling racks.

STEP SIX – Make the Hummus

Ingredients:

1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
⅓ cup of tahini (sesame paste)
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
Juice of one lemon
½ teaspoon of cumin
¾ teaspoon of sea salt
½ teaspoon of paprika
Fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas.
  2. Add the ingredients to the food processor and blend them together to a smooth consistency.
  3. Add a tablespoon of water at a time to change the thickness until it’s the consistency you like.
  4. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  5. Dip your homemade pretzels in your homemade hummus for a stellar snack.

Recommended serving size: 1 pretzel and 2 tablespoons of hummus

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat

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