What's the big idea?
The simplest idea for a German themed football party is to just buy in plenty of good German beer and pretzels. Both have a history stretching back centuries,
and they go perfectly together. However, be warned - pretzels can be very salty, so you develop more of a thirst, so you drink quicker! They must have been invented by a German pub landlord!
If you prefer to make your own pretzels, here's a recipe for you.
Here's the list of what you need:
What To Do
- 250g strong white flour (bread-making flour)
- 20g fresh yeast
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10g soft unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tablespoon coarse salt crystals
- Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 150ml lukewarm water in a bowl
- Sift in the flour, then add the salt and butter and knead
- Shape the dough into a ball on a floured surface. Cut into six equal pieces
- Form each piece of dough into a long thin roll (about 40 cm long); the middle of the rolls should be slightly thicker than the ends
- Form into the traditional Pretzel shape (a knot). Cover with a clean cloth and leave to rise for 10 minutes
- Stir the baking soda into 1 litre of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer
- Immerse the pretzels one by one in the water for about 30 seconds. Remove and leave to drain
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the pretzels on this. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 225C. Bake the pretzels in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes
- Brush the cooked pretzels with water and sprinkle with coarse salt crystals
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