Neujahrspretzel (New Year's Pretzels) Recipe

These soft German pretzels are a tasty treat for your family




2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of butter
2 packs of yeast
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
7 cups of flour
2 eggs
1 cups of confectioners sugar
1 cup of water
1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of chopped almonds


1. Warm the butter and milk and then mix in the salt, sugar, flour (1 cup) and yeast. Mix all ingredients for approximately 3 minutes. Add cup of flour and eggs. Mix for another 2 minutes.

2. Then, add flour until it forms into a soft dough and knead for a few minutes until smoothed out. Next, put the dough into a bowl which is already greased. Let the dough rise for approximately 1 hour in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

3. Push the dough down and then let it rise again for 1 hour until it has doubled in size. Take the dough and divide it in half.

4. Shape the pretzel by rolling the dough into a long rope approximately 25 inches in length and about 1 inch in width. Cross each end leaving a large circle opening in the center. Flip the loop back over the crossed ends to form the pretzel. Repeat with remaining dough. Put the pretzels onto a greased baking sheet. Allow the pretzel dough to rise for another 10 minutes and then place into a 350 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Then, cool pretzels on a wire rack. Lastly, mix the water, vanilla, and confectioners sugar, which will form an icing. Spread the icing onto the pretzels and then sprinkle with the chopped almonds.br>

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