How to Make Bavarian Pretzels and Homemade Hummus Dip
Most people only eat pretzels at malls or carnivals, but you can make them at home! When you buy them at the mall, they usually come with a cheese sauce or garlic butter. We will combine the pretzels with a delicious homemade hummus sauce to add flavor to this recipe.
Pretzels they have been favored by millions since Germany invented them back in the 7th century. Today, they have become a popular bar and snack for baseball games with tons of different varieties and flavors.
You will need some time and patience to make this recipe, so you may want to save it for the weekend. However, once you taste your delicious creation, all that effort will have been worth it. Next, we will show you how to make homemade pretzels with hummus sauce.
Here’s How to Make Easy Bavarian Pretzels and Homemade Hummus Dip
Gather these kitchen supplies, first:
- Pastry brush
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Spatula or spoon
- Cutting board or baker’s table
- Big pot
- Food processor
Ingredients for the pretzels:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 1 7/12 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- Himalayan pink salt
Ingredients to make hummus:
- 2 cups garbanzo beans
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Garlic clove
- Freshly squeezed lemon
- Fresh parsley
Instructions for making the pretzels:
- First, pour 1 cup of all-purpose flour into your bowl. Next, add the instant yeast, brown sugar, softened butter, and water. Beat until completely combined.
- Rest for 15 minutes. Then add the salt to the bowl.
- Hold the sieve over the bowl and sift the remaining two cups of all-purpose flour into the mixture.
- Use a spatula or spoon to further combine the ingredients for the dough.
- Next, place the dough on a cutting board or bakery table. Sprinkle a little flour over the dough so it doesn’t stick.
- Knead the dough into a baguette. Then use a knife to cut the dough lengthwise into six smaller pieces.
- Use your hands to form the dough into balls. Cover with saran wrap and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Now comes the fun part! Take the first piece of dough and roll it into a long, thin rope. Now, take the ends of the dough and pull them down, forming a hot air balloon shape.
- Then cross the ends over each other at the bottom and twist them up twice. Place the ends in the middle of the top section of the dough, forming a mini pretzel. Repeat this with the other five balls of dough.
- Next, take out your large pot and fill it halfway with water. Bring to a boil and add the baking soda.
- Let it bubble and dissolve, then place the first pretzel in the water. Let it sit in the water for 20-30 seconds, then place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Repeat with the other pretzels, then use your pastry brush to rub melted butter over the pretzels.
- Sprinkle the pretzels with pink Himalayan salt and bake at 450 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
Instructions for making the hummus:
- In a food processor, combine 2 cups of chickpeas, 3 tablespoons of tahini, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
- Blend until floury, then add a clove of garlic. Squeeze some fresh lemon into the mixture and use a spatula to combine it.
- Then add 1/4 cup of cold water and continue blending until completely combined. The texture should now be smooth and creamy.
- Scoop the hummus into a small bowl, top with fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Put on your pretzels and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks for Making Amazing Pretzels
- If you’re not a huge fan of hummus, you can easily make other dipping sauces for pretzels. Popular options include cheese, honey mustard, ale cheese, ranch cheese, or even hazelnut chocolate if you’re a sweet tooth. Actually, chocolate would contrast well with salty pretzels.
- Boiling the pretzels in baking soda and water gives them their traditional brown color. It also helps maintain pretzels smooth on the inside and adds flavor. Chefs use food grade bleach for this step, but baking soda works just as well.
- Instead of buttering the pretzels, you can also use an egg shake.
- You can even make pretzel bites by cutting the dough into small bite-size pieces!
- Alternatives to savory pretzels include cinnamon sugar, garlic cheddar, Parmesan, or all kinds of bagel pretzels.
As you can see, you can get really creative when making pretzels! Once you have the traditional recipe, you can start to diversify and try new creations. Pretzels make a great after-school or work snack, and they don’t really take long to make. The part that takes the longest is probably kneading the dough, but everything else is a piece of cake.
We guarantee these will give the kiosk within your local mall a run for its money. You can even give up mall pretzels for good after trying this recipe! Lower it with a beer, or if you don’t drink, it pairs well with lemonade or iced tea.
Final thoughts: making your own Bavarian pretzels and hummus sauce is surprisingly easy
Who knew that making pretzels is actually easier than it sounds? All you need is to mix the ingredients for the dough, knead it, and twist it into a pretzel. For the hummus sauce, you need a food processor and a few ingredients, and you have an easy, healthy sauce. Maybe you’ve been looking for a new snack after work or want to try a new recipe. No matter the circumstance, these pretzels are light and tasty snacks that you can enjoy at any time of the day.