Summer Lunch Program
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Just In Time For Summer Vacation
Pigs in Pretzels, or Dunkin' Dogs
1-1/4 Cups Warm Water
1 Tablespoon PLUS 1/4 teaspoon Yeast
3-3/4 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup PLUS 2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
4 Cups Warm Water
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1-2 Tablespoons Cold Butter
In a small bowl, combine the Warm Water and Yeast; set aside.
Stir together the Flour, Powdered Sugar, and Salt in mixer work bowl.
Gently mix the Oil into the Warm Water and Yeast; slowly stir into the Flour mixture. Stir, using the mixer's dough hook. Knead in mixer on slow (#2 for Kitchen Aid) for 5 minutes. Let rise, covered, until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat over to 400*. Combine Water and Baking Soda in a deep pan and heat over medium-high. Divide dough into equal portions. (12 portions if you are using bun-length hot dogs, 16 portions for traditional-size hot dogs.) Roll dough into long ropes, about 9-10 inches. Working one rope at a time, dip the pretzel ropes into the boiling Soda Water; boil about 30 seconds. Remove from water, let drip dry on paper towel. Wrap pretzel rope around a hot dog; place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Repeat with remaining pretzel ropes and hot dogs. Bake at 400* for about 10-12 minutes, or until dough is cooked through. Rub the hot Pretzel Piggies with Cold Butter. Serve warm, with Ketchup and Mustard.
Many, many thanks to my sister for suggesting this to me. I think she knows how I hate to drag out the same old sandwich ingredients day after day after day. I tripled this dough recipe and used 3 12-count packages of bun-length beef hot dogs from Costco. The majority of these went into the freezer. When I need something quick for lunch, we'll just do a quick defrost in the microwave and (maybe) toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes--if we're not in too big of a hurry, that is.
Most of the 'Dogs looked lovely.
But some of them did turn out a little wonky:
Alternately, of course, you CAN use this dough to make Hot Pretzels. Just divide the dough into 8 portions and twist the ropes into pretzel shapes before dipping in the Soda Water. Bake at 425* for about 8 minutes. Rub the baked Pretzels with the Cold Butter, then sprinkle with a mixture of 1/2 Cup Sugar and 2 teaspoons Cinnamon. Better than Auntie Anne's!
Homemade Soft Pretzel recipe from Serving One Another cookbook, page 19.