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Bretzls and braids

Lye bretzls with sour dough starter for extra flavour. Kids love baking bretzls and always come up with new shapes.

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600g Organic White Flour No.4 (105)
475g water
40g sour dough starter
13g fresh yeast
200g Organic White Flour No.4 (105)
20g sunflower oil
15g salt
Lye (4%) - 750g water, 30g food grade sodium hydroxide (NaOH, E524)


Mix 600g flour, water, sour dough starter and yeast until combined into a smooth soft dough and cover with a damp cloth. After 1 hour knock back the dough and leave for another hour.
Add 200g flour, sunflower oil and salt. Knead into a firm dough and leave to rest for 30min. Degas and divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll into 60-70cm long strands and shape into bretzls or braids. Leave uncovered for 10 minutes.
Wearing goggles and gloves, carefully add sodium hydroxide to cold water in a stainless steel sauce pan. Mix with a stainless steel spoon until dissolved completely.
With a stainless steel skimmer dip each bretzl in the lye for 3-5 seconds, place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 230°C for 15-18 minutes.


Added by: Selene

Tags: Bread Bretzl

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