Friday, January 27, 2006


Try these low-fat snacks for a crowd pleaser at your next party.
I suggest using bread flour. If you do not have bread flour adding wheat gluten will help it rise better.

Recipe provided by Wheat Foods Council

1 1/2 cups warm water, (105 - 115 degrees Fahrenheit)
2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 - 4 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water
Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or salt(large crystals)

Measure warm water into large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Gradually add remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Knead dough by hand 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover bowl and let rest 30 minutes. Divide dough into 24 pieces; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll each into a uniform 18-inch rope. Shape into a pretzel by making a circle, overlapping the two ends, twisting them once and then pressing them onto the bottom curve of the circle. (Dough may also be shaped into 8-inch bread sticks.)

Place on greased baking sheets. Beat egg white and water together; brush pretzels. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds. Bake in preheated 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire rack. Makes 24 pretzels.

Nutritional analysis: calories, 108; protein, 2.4 grams; carbohydrates, 19 grams; fat, 2.5 grams; fiber, .7 grams; sodium, 134 milligrams.

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