Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Pretzels with a Drizzle of Honey

I'm obviously not a big fan of chains. I just don't like the whole "mass-produced" idea. I prefer quality not quantity. But, there are those times where you have no choice and a chain is all you got. One of those chains that I don't mind to frequent is Mellow Mushroom. I happen to love their unique pizza toppings, but what I love the most, are their pizza dough pretzels. You can get them savory or sweet, and for me, it just depends on my mood. However, I made some whole wheat pizza dough the other night and I thought that it would be perfect for recreating their cinnamon-sugar pretzels. I rolled the homemade dough into pretzel shapes, brushed them with butter, and dunked them into a cinnamon-sugar mixture. After they bake up, you hav'ta drizzle them with some honey... because that's the best part. Lots & lots of honey!! Enjoy :)
Cinnamon-Sugar Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Pretzels

Don't forget the drizzle of honey :)
For the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:
1t Active Dry Yeast
2 ½C AP Flour
1 ½C Whole Wheat Flour
½t Salt & Sugar
1/3C Olive Oil

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels:
½C Sugar
2T Cinnamon
Unsalted Butter, Melted
Honey, For Drizzling

1. For the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. In a mixer, combine flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, and sugar. With the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in the olive oil or until just combined with the flour. Next, pour in the yeast mixture and mix until just combined. Coat a separate bowl with a light drizzle of oil and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat the dough, and then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 day, but preferably 3-4 days.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a Silpat.
3. Remove the pizza dough from the refrigerator and cut the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place the pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush on some of the melted butter.
4. Bake the pretzels for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven until they are lightly golden brown and cooked through completely. Remove them from your oven and directly dunk them into the melted butter, making sure that they are completely covered. Next, dip them into the cinnamon sugar mixture until they are coated. Place them onto a serving plate; sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar, and then drizzle the tops with honey. 
5. Enjoy immediately!

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