This recipe for whole wheat pretzels is both light and healthy. Each pretzel has only 69 calories.
Trivia: Pretzels originated in Medieval Europe, possibly in Italy.
Whole Wheat Pretzels Recipe
1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 cups of water, warm
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups of white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of sesame seeds
1 teaspoons of ground pepper (or to taste)
Mix together the yeast and sugar. Add the warm water. Soak the yeast until it becomes a froth. This usually takes about five minutes. When frothy, stir in the vegetable oil.
Add the whole wheat flour, the salt and one cup of the white flour to the yeast liquid. Slowly add more white flour until the pretzel dough is smooth and sticky.
Flour a kneading surface .Put the dough on this surface and knead in one half of the sesame seeds and the pepper. After about ten minutes the dough will be smooth and elastic.
Divide the dough into thirty equal pieces. Roll each piece until you have a long rope shape that is about eight inches in length and 1/2 inch in diameter. Bend each rope into a shape like a horseshoe (a U shape).
Twist the ends of each rope together. Place the twisted end on the loop of the dough. Pinch the pretzel together to seal.
Grease a baking sheet and place the 30 pretzels on this sheet. Beat the egg and then brush over the pretzels. Sprinkle the pastries with the rest of the sesame seeds.
Heat the oven to 400 °. Place baking sheet in oven and cook until the pretzels are done. This takes about 20 minutes or perhaps longer. The whole wheat pretzels will be puffy and gold in color when done.