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The History of the Pretzel
No one knows for sure where pretzels came from. The pretzel’s beginnings can be traced to many parts of Europe. There are many different stories where Pretzels have started the most popular theory is that pretzels were made in 610 A.D. The pretzel was made when an italian monk named Leibniz decided to make a treat for his students because the students made the monk angry by not praying. So he make the pretzel look like a person is crossing their hands in prayer. The monk decided to call the pretzel brucellae, which meant in latin ¨little arms.¨ As the pretzel grew in popularity the new name for pretzels became ¨Bretzels¨ and soon became known as Pretzels.
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Ceremonial Parts of the pretzel
In Switzerland, the pretzel was used as a marriage knot. People believed that when a couple got married they each would pull on a pretzel sort of like a wishbone but you could eat the bone after. The bigger half brought “prosperity” to the marriage. The Pretzel also symbolised love.
Who made the chocolate pretzel?
The chocolate pretzel was created by Herr Franz Joseph Leibniz who decided to team up with a chocolatier because Herr Franz Joseph Leibniz’s pretzel company called Handover made different pretzels according to the holidays, for example Handover once made a gingerbread pretzel. In the handover Handover bakery one worker decided to experiment with the company's newest type of pretzel called the hard pretzel. The worker decided to cover the pretzel in melted chocolate to make the chocolate pretzel.
Another type of pretzel is a peanut butter filled pretzel. A pretzel company called H K Anderson started in a small bakery in Lancaster, P.A. The worker decided to fill their original pretzel nuggets with peanut butter inside. Which makes a hard on the outside, soft on the inside taste. You can also find some peanut butter filled pretzels in a mall, or a shop.
More types of pretzels and Their Back Stories
One more type of a pretzel is a honey wheat pretzel. Handover ,which is now called Snyder's, also created twisted pretzels, or braided pretzels, and a new flavor for there new twists. The New flavor they made is the honey wheat pretzel which contains whole wheat flour, honey and sesame seeds. You may also find honey covered pretzels in your local mall or you local grocery store.
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How to make a pretzel countinued
5. Finally, bake the pretzels for 15-18 minutes, or until the surface is deep goldish brown. Cool the pretzels on wire cooling racks, then serve. Alternatively, brush the surface of the pretzels with melted butter after baking, then dust with garlic salt and parmesan, or a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Offer mustard, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, cheese sauce, or cream cheese icing for dipping. You don't always have to choose already made flavors.
4.Once the fizzing subsides, add two or three pretzels at a time to the pot. Boil the pretzels for about 60 seconds on each side, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to drain. Let the pretzels drain for a few minutes, then transfer them back to the parchment lined baking sheets. Next In a small bowl, whisk together one large egg with one tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash liberally over the surface of the pretzels, then sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
making pretzels by machinery
You can make pretzels by hand, but many people make pretzels by machinery. For example did you know that about 90% of pretzel manufacturing is not touched by hands. There are 6 main steps in manufacturing a pretzel. Step one is the mixing of the dough, step 2 is dipping the pretzel in alaline, step 3 is dipping and salting. Dipping and salting can depend on what type of pretzel the company is making. Step 4 is cooking the pretzels, step 5 is packaging, last but not least step 6 is quality control.
Step 2: the alkaline bath
The raw pretzels are then transported to to a different conveyor belt to be dipped in alkaline. The conveyor belt moves slowly so when he pretzel reach the alkaline the pretzels get soaked in alkaline. The pretzel stay in the alkaline for about 10 to 20 seconds. Then the pretzels go on a different conveyor belt with machines that drop salt onto the pretzels. Since the pretzels are still raw the pretzels are sticky letting salt onto the pretzels.
Step 3: Baking the Pretzel
The 3rd step is cooking the pretzel. The pretzel are sent to another conveyor belt with a oven tunnel. The oven’s heat is about 350-550 degrees fahrenheit, the pretzels are in the oven for 4-8 minutes.The pretzels go through is hotter near the front while the back of the oven is cooler. This makes sense because when the pretzel gets near the end of the oven, the moisture of the pretzel can get out of the pretzel easier.
Pretzels without salt are called “baldies”.
There are two main types of pretzels, soft pretzels and hard pretzels.
April 26 is National Pretzel Day.
The largest pretzel in the world weighed 842 lbs.
about one American eat about two pounds of pretzels each year.
Soft pretzels were invented first then hard pretzels.
Pretzels are most popular in the US and Germany
The pretzel’s history is a mystery.
Auntie Anne's makes more than 500,000 pretzels every two days, which is enough to feed the entire population of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- Philadelphians eat about 12 pounds of pretzels.
- Today pretzels are one of the best selling snacks in America, tied between potato chips and popcorn.
Fun facts about the pretzel
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What are some examples of pretzel shapes and flavors?
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