Pretzel Shells.. THM E, DF, SF

Pretzels shells…who doesn’t love their crunchy, salty goodness! Did you know you can make them at home with just a few ingredients? These pillow looking snacks are so good you can’t just stop with a few!

As most of you know by now, sourdough is a favorite baking item of mine. So why wouldn’t I use sourdough starter to make these crunchy shells? With just 4 ingredients, these are a simple recipe to make. It does take a little time to cut the shells but my daughter loves to do that. So it is a winner either way I look at it.

If sourdough starter scares you…it really shouldn’t. It is not at all complicate to feed, best of all, it can just live in your fridge until you want to use it. Feed it a few times and it is ready to bake with. However, this recipe does not need to have active starter. You can use starter right from the fridge to mix these pretzel shells.

If you are short on time like I am so often, this dough can be mixed one day and baked another day. Just be sure to keep the dough in the fridge so it doesn’t over-ferment in this summer weather.

You, also can purchase sourdough starter, cookbooks, and Sourdough Kits from our blog store. Our sourdough kit have everything you need to start into your sourdough adventure.

Pretzel Shells.. THM E, DF, SF

  • 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • pretzel salt or Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Mixing/Fermenting: In a mixer bowl combine the starter and flour. You should have a thick stiff dough. You may need to add just a bit of flour or water depending on the thick/thinness of your starter. Place dough into a Ziploc bag and ferment in the fridge 24 hours or at room time for 7 hours.
  • Shaping/Baking: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. I use my Atlas Noodle Maker to roll the pretzel dough to a uniform thickness. I cut the dough into 4 pieces. Shape one piece into a disc 1/2 inch thick. Put through the noodle maker on number1. Fold and repeat 2 times. Repeat until all four pieces have been put through the rollers on number one. Turn the dial to number 4. Put all pieces through. Lay each piece on parchment paper. Using a ruler and pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares. Separate the squares slightly. Brush the pretzel squares with egg. Sprinkle on *desired seasoning. Slide the parchment sheet unto a cookie baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until browned. *we made some with coarse pretzel salt and some with Everything Bagel Seasoning.
  • These shells are an E and have very minimal fat from the egg. The amount of pretzel shells will vary depending on the size and thickness. You can roll the pretzels by hand but it is hard to get a uniform thickness. I have seen pasta makers at thrift stores so you dont have to spend a lot to have one.

I buy 50 pound bags of Wheat Montana White Whole Wheat to use in my baking. If you have a bulk food store near by , they may be able to order it for you.

I use starter that I had setting on my kitchen counter. I had not been feed for 24 hours. You can use unfed starter from the fridge or even active starter. However, if you use active starter you may need ti add a teaspoon or two of water to the dough. I find that unfed starter is thinner than fed starter.

This is how your dough should look after it is mixed. It may seem dry but that is ok. It should be a stiff dough.

This noodle machine gets a lot of use. I love it for these pretzels shells since it makes them all uniform thickness.

Here I am rolling the dough through the last time to the thickness I want it to be.

This is a job my 12 year old daughter loves to do for me. I give her a ruler and a pizza cutter. She will even brush the egg wash on and put whatever seasonings we want to use.

These are ready to be baked. I space them just a little apart from each other. They do at times stick together. That is okay, you can snap them apart after they are baked.

Since you are baking these pretzels shells at such a high heat, they should pop up like little pillows. I bake them until they are nicely browned. I allow them to cool at room temp. You do not want to put them in a tight container until they are thoroughly cooled.

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Pretzel Shells, THM E, DF, SF

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
fermenting time 7 hours
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough starter unfed
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • pretzel salt or Everything Bagel Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Mixing/Fermenting: In a mixer bowl combine the starter and flour. You should have a thick stiff dough. You may need to add just a bit of flour or water depending on the thick/thinness of your starter. Place dough into a Ziploc bag and ferment in the fridge 24 hours or at room time for 7 hours.
  2. Shaping/Baking: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. I use my Atlas Noodle Maker to roll the pretzel dough to a uniform thickness. I cut the dough into 4 pieces. Shape one piece into a disc 1/2 inch thick. Put through the noodle maker on number1. Fold and repeat 2 times. Repeat until all four pieces have been put through the rollers on number one. Turn the dial to number 4. Put all pieces through. Lay each piece on parchment paper. Using a ruler and pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares. Separate the squares slightly. Brush the pretzel squares with egg. Sprinkle on desired seasoning. Slide the parchment sheet unto a cookie baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until browned.
  3. These shells are an E and have very minimal fat from the egg. The amount of pretzel shells will vary depending on the size and thickness. You can roll the pretzels by hand but it is hard to get a uniform thickness. I have seen pasta makers at thrift stores so you don't have to spend a lot to have one.

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