Have you ever tried cooking your own soft pretzel at home – using tea as an ingredient? In honor of October being National Pretzel Month, Numi Organic Tea came up with this delightful, one-of-a-kind recipe:
Savory Spinach Chive Soft Pretzels
Recipe by Megan Silverman
Makes 12 baked pretzels
7 bags Spinach Chive – Numi Organic Savory Tea
3 cups water
1 fresh packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup oat bran
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse salt
Boil 6 Spinach Chive tea bags in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes.
Drain 1 cup of tea into medium sized bowl and cool slightly, cover and reserve the rest.
Stir sugar into bowl. Add yeast packet and allow to dissolve, then whisk briefly and allow to sit for 10 minutes. The yeast should form foam on top of the mixture.
In a large bowl mix flour, salt, and oil. Add the yeast-mixture and stir until combined.
Knead dough for 3 minutes and then form a ball. Add more flour if necessary.
Cover the dough ball with plastic-wrap and a damp cloth. Set aside in a warm spot for 2 hours and allow dough to rise. It should double in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Divide dough into 2” balls and place on a lightly-floured surface. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Roll each ball into a long, 16” log. Twist into pretzel or any shape you like.
Mix 2 tablespoons coarse salt with 1 Spinach Chive bag for tea-salt topping.
Dip the formed pretzels into remaining brewed Spinach Chive tea, shake gently and place on greased cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with tea-salt.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until browned.