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                   Neujahrspretzel (New Year’s Pretzels)
 
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 Serving Size  : 2    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : German                           Holiday
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      cup           Milk
    2                    Eggs -- Large
      1/2  cup           Butter Or Margarine
    1      cup           Confectioners' Sugar
    2      package       Yeast; Active -- Dry
                         -- Water
    2      teaspoon      Salt
    1      teaspoon      Vanilla Extract
      1/2  cup           Sugar
      1/4  cup           Almonds -- Chopped
    7      cup           Flour -- Unbleached
 
 Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130 degrees F.).  Mix yeast, salt,
sugar, and 1 cup flour.  Slowly beat into warm milk.  Beat for 2 minutes.  Add
eggs and 1 cup of flour.  Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
 Add enough flour to form a soft dough.	Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5
minutes.  Place dough in a greased bowl.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled
in bulk, about 1 hour.	Punch dough down and let rise again until doubled. (1
hour more).  Divide dough in half.  Shape pretzel as follows:  Roll dough into a
rope about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Cross the ends leaving a
large loop in the center.  Flip loop back onto crossed ends to form a pretzel. 
Repeat with remaining dough.
 Place pretzels on greased baking sheets.  Let rise 15 minutes more.  Bake at 375
degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.  Mix
confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla to form a thin icing.
 Spread icing on pretzels and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Makes 2 large
pretzels.
 
 
 
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