What are pretzels: Google Doodle, Recipes, Nutritional facts

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Can’t help wondering why Google is celebrating pretzels? And what are these pretzels with this great recognition from the global powerhouse? How can you make pretzels?

Pretzels, originating from Germany, are soft or hard Bavarian snacks recognized worldwide, qualifying for a Google doodle.

Why Google is celebrating pretzel?

Oktoberfest. That’s the simple reason. Today, 21st September marks the beginning of the globally celebrated annual Oktoberfest festival!

This Bavarian festival is marked with pretzels, the classic snacks which originated hundreds of years ago.

Notice the design of the pretzels? The smooth twists and knots. This is so intentional. 

Pretzel
Pretzel's Smooth Twists & Knots

Religiously, these symbolize the folding of arms in prayers. Socially, and particularly in wedding ceremonies, they symbolize the act of ‘tying the knot’. Mmmh, who knew?

Notably, pretzels were used in wedding ceremonies in the 17th century for this same reason.

Are you health and diet conscious and wondering if pretzels are for you?

It is interesting for you to know that pretzels are made without any dairy or eggs!

Pretzels can be presented in different tastes: soft, hard, salty, plain, sweet, buttered; what do you prefer? Personally, the soft pretzels are my one choice.

Want to know more about their composition and nutritional facts? Check the section below.

Oktoberfest explained

Beer, feasting, horse racing, and traveling. These define Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest the world’s largest annual funfair festival that involves traveling and beer, held in Munich Germany.

This festival lasts for 16 to 18 days. Yes! Believe it.

It is usually attended by approximately six million people, and celebrated worldwide even though its origin in Bavaria.

This long celebration started following a royal Bavarian wedding that lasted for days filled with celebrations.

The celebrations are colored with people dressed in traditional German lederhosen and dirndls.

Traditional foods such as pretzels, roast pork, and German sausages are served as treats throughout the festival.

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Why Pretzels are popular

Julius Sturgis from Pennsylvania is the baker behind this delicacy.

In the 19th century, Sturgis, who owned a bread-baking business, devised a clever way of increasing the shelf-life of pretzels by making it hard.

With this increased longevity, this snack would be shipped across the world.

Henceforth, pretzels became popular across the globe and became an everyday snack.

Pretzels have found their way into home kitchens and recipes have been improvised to fit different needs.

Below, we have sampled out five recipes that you can try out in your kitchen.

How to make Pretzels

First, what does a pretzel comprise of?

I am sure if you are conscious about your health and eating habits; you would love to know pretzels’ nutritional facts.

 Check them out below;

Pretzel Nutritional facts
Keebler 100 Calorie Right Bites Fudge Shoppe Fudge Dipped Pretzels
pretzel nutritional facts
Keebler 100 Calorie Right Bites White Fudge Dipped Pretzels
M&M Mars Combos Cheddar Cheese Pretzel
Pretzel nutritional facts
Pretzels, hard, salted
Pretzel nutritional facts
Pretzels, hard, whole wheat
Pretzel nutritional facts
Pretzels, soft

Pretzels Recipes

As you well know cooking is an art; you know what this means?

There are hundreds of different recipes and cooking hacks for every snack or meal.

I did my research and below are five top recipes I found on making delicious Pretzels. Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (lukewarm– no need to take temperature)
  • 1 packet active dry or instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cool
  • 3 and ¾-4 cups (460-500g) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Baking Soda Bath
  • ½ cup (120g) baking soda
  • 9 cups (2,160ml) water

Buttery Soft Pretzels by Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

Homemade Soft Pretzels by Tasty

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups water, warm(360 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups flour (565 g)
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • ⅔ cup baking soda (120 g)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • coarse salt

Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels by King Arthur Flour

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups (298g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7g) instant yeast
  • 7/8 to 1 cup (198g to 227g) warm water*
  • 1 cup (227g) boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) baking soda
  • coarse, kosher or pretzel salt, optional
  • 3 tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, melted

Soft Pretzels by Once Upon a Chef

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (2 tablespoons for the dough; 3 tablespoons for brushing on finished pretzels)
  • 3 table spoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 package instant or rapid-rise yeast (1 package contains 2-1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoonfine salt
  • 1/4 cupbaking soda
  • 3/4 teaspooncoarse salt

Enjoy and Cheers!

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