Pretzel Dog is a combination of chewy pretzel dough sprinkled with coarse salt and a juicy sausage, which makes a delicious lunch or an appetizer for kids and adults alike!
If using bread maker combine 1½ cups warm water, 1 tbspsugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp yeast, 4½ cups flour & 2 oz unsalted butter and set for the dough cycle. Once the cycle is complete, move on to step 6.
If using a stand mixer, combine 1½ cups warm water, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp yeast. Stir and allow it to sit for 4-5 minutes.
Once the mixture has risen slightly, add 4½ cups flour to the bowl of the mixer, the yeast slurry, and the 2 oz melted butter. Using the dough attachment/hook knead on low speed just until the dough comes together.
Increase the speed to medium and knead until dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (about 4-5 minutes).
Remove the dough from the bowl, spray it with non-stick spray, then return the dough back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let rise for 1 hour in a draft-free, warm place (you can place it in the oven with the light on. Do not turn the oven on at all) or until doubled in size.
Next, preheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Bring 10 cups of water and 1/2 cup baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
Turn the dough out onto an oiled work surface and divide it into 15 pcs or about hte sie of a golf ball size pieces (mine were about 75 g each).
HOW TO MAKE PRETZEL DOGS: Roll each dough ball into a rope and wrap it around the full length of the sausage, pinching the ends onto themselves to prevent them unwrapping.
TO MAKE PRETZELS: Shape the dough into a 24-inch rope, then holding the ends of the rope cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.
Place in oven and bake at 450°F until golden brown in color, about 12 minutes.
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