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                   NEUJAHRSPRETZEL (NEW YEAR'S PRETZELS)
 
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 Serving Size  : 2    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : German                           Appetizers
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2       c            Milk
      1/2   c            Butter Or Margarine
    2       pk           Yeast -- Active, Dry
    2       ts           Salt
      1/2   c            Sugar
    7       c            Flour -- Unbleached
    2       ea           Eggs -- Large
    1       c            Confectioners' Sugar
    1       x             -- Water
    1       t            Vanilla Extract
      1/4   c            Almonds -- Chopped
 
   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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