Welcome to the 21st HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on October 15, 2010

This week for HBinFive our assignment was one full recipe of a basic no-knead Whole Wheat Bread and then we supposed to make Garlic Studded Baguettes, Grissini and Pizza on the Gas Grill.

No problem with the Garlic Studded Baguette, which turned out very nice and I made wonderful Meatloaf Sandwiches which helped clear out my over loaded refrigerator!

But I’ve made Pizza at least a gazillion times and I just made Grissini a month or so ago so I decided to make Beer Pretzels and Soft Breadsticks. I’ve wanted to try Soft Breadsticks and Pretzels with the No-knead Dough for some time and I am happy to report both turned out fabulously!

The Soft Breadsticks were so much fun to make. I divided the dough into golf ball sized pieces and then rolled each piece into about a 12″ snake. Then I brushed each snake with butter and rolled it in a mix of Kosher Salt and Sesame Seeds and baked them in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. The Soft Breadsticks tasted so good with the little bit of extra salt and seeds.

Yes, that’s a common paint brush! I use paint brushes to brush oil, egg white or butter on pastries or bread. Pastry Brushes are too darn expensive and you can’t ever get them clean. So I just buy packages of cheap paint brushes at the Dollar Store and after using one a few times, I just throw it away.

After making the Soft Breadsticks, I had just enough dough to make four Soft Pretzels. I’ve made Soft Pretzels but never with the No-knead Whole Wheat Dough. Again I took golf balled sized pieces of dough and rolled them into a long pencil thin snake. Then twisted it up into a pretzel shape. I made a Boiling Water Bath of 4 quarts of water, 1 bottle of dark beer and 2 TBL of Barley Malt Syrup or you can use 1/4 cup Brown Sugar. Dropped each Pretzel into the Boiling Water Bath for about 30 seconds per side, then placed the Pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet, brushed with butter and sprinkled with Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Smoked Sesame Seeds. Then popped them in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. DE-licious!

Here’s the Pretzels after a dip in the Boiling Beer Bath:




Recipe links for the Picture Collage:
Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich made with Garlic Studded Baguette
Soft Pretzels


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  • Cathy (breadexperience) October 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Yummy! Those soft bread sticks and pretzels look delicious! I made the sticky buns and boy were they good!

  • Melanie October 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I love the pretzels! They are so perfectly shaped before being baked. You’re good at that. I’ve never heard of smoked sesame seeds. Did you get those at Penzey’s? Your breadsticks look great too. I thought of making mine breadsticks. I’ll have to do that next time. We had leftover meatloaf alot when I was a kid and we often had meatloaf sandwhich for lunch on Saturday. I never thought of grilling it. Good idea!

  • Kayte October 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Lots to love over here…love the photo of the doggie in the leaf pile…love the food…love the bread…love the picture collage. All of it, really great!

  • Lori E October 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It is always so interesting over here. I have made pretzels before but they were a little too dry. My guests were so amazed thinking that nobody really makes pretzels but they just magically appear in the store. Lol

  • Judy October 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Michelle, You are an inspiration in creativity! Thanks for the tips in making these shapes!

  • Danielle October 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    ooooh….pretzels! I’ve been wanting to make those :)

  • Guff October 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have had pretzels and beer, but I have never cooked pretzels in beer. The only problem I see is that you have one less beer.

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