Chocolate Brioche Pretzels

brioche pretzels

 

A labour of love… the time it takes to make these is so very worth it! Recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Makes 8 pretzels.

Dough

  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 1 tsp Instant yeast
  • 2 1/4 C All-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 C Butter, room temperature
  • ~1 C Dark chocolate, chopped finely

Glaze

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Water

Whisk together milk and yeast in a small bowl. In an electric mixer, use the paddle to stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Add eggs and yeast mixture, and stir on low until dough comes together. Turn up speed to medium, and mix for 10 minutes. Add butter, 1/3 at a time, mixing in between. Once well mixed, switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Add chocolate and continue to knead until evenly distributed. Let dough rise in greased bowl covered with plastic wrap in a warm spot for 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 350. Split dough evenly into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a long (~18 inch) rope, and twist into a pretzel. Place on cookie sheet, brush with glaze, and let rise again for 15 minutes. Brush with glaze again and bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cinnamon Scones

cinnamon scones

These scones have been making the rounds on pinterest lately. I made them this morning and they are delicious! I opted not to glaze them, but served them warm with butter instead. I hope you enjoy! Adapted from here.

  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C cold butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • Cinnamon & sugar to sprinkle on top

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolk, honey and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Knead together lightly until dough holds together and forms a ball. Roll out on a floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick. Whisk egg white until bubbly and brush over dough, then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Cut into wedges and bake on a baking pan for 10-12 min at 400F.