Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels
Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • for the dough:

  • 1/3

    cup (80 ml) whole milk

  • 1

    teaspoon instant yeast

  • 2 1/4

    cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2

    tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar

  • 1/2

    teaspoon table salt

  • 2

    large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

  • 8

    tablespoons (115 grams or 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1

    cup (6 ounces or 170 grams) well- chopped chocolate (for the best chocolate flavor) or miniature chocolate chips

  • 1/4

    teaspoon freshly grated orange zest (optional, but lovely if you're into that

  • chocolate-orange thing)

  • for the glaze:

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1/2

    teaspoon table salt

  • 1

    teaspoon water

  • Coarse or pearl sugar, for finishing

Directions

Make brioche: Whisk the milk and yeast together in a small dish until the yeast has dissolved. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, stir together fl our, sugar, and salt. Add the eggs and the yeast mixture, and mix at a low speed until the dough comes together in a shaggy pile. Raise the speed to medium, and beat for 10 minutes; the long mixing time creates the soft, stretchy strands brioche is known for. Add the butter, a third at a time, mixing the dough between additions. Now switch to the dough hook, and knead at low speed until a silky- smooth dough forms, another 5 minutes. Add the chocolate and zest, if using, and run the machine until it is mixed into the dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until almost doubled. Alternatively, you can rest the dough in the fridge overnight (or up to 24 hours), bring back to room temperature, and let the rise complete before continuing to the next step. Meanwhile, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Form pretzels: Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into eight pieces, about 3 1/4 ounces (93 grams) each. Working with one piece at a time, roll each piece into an 18-inch-long rope about 1/2 inch thick. Curiously, I find these ropes easier to roll and stretch on an unfloured or very lightly oiled surface, but if you find yours sticking too much, lightly fl our your counter before continuing. To form the pretzel, draw the ends of a rope together to form a circle. About 2 inches from both ends, twist the rope ends together to close the circle-- a full twist, so that the rope end that started on the right side finishes there. Fold the twist down into the circle, adhering the loose ends of the rope at five and seven o'clock on the base. Repeat to make eight pretzel twists. Transfer them to prepared baking sheets, brush them with glaze, and let them rest for about 15 minutes, during which they'll puff slightly again. To finish: Brush pretzels with glaze one more time, sprinkle with pearl or coarse sugar, then bake for 12 minutes, or until puffed and lightly bronzed. Cool slightly on a rack before serving, if you can bear it.

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