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Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 26 is National Pretzel Day – Make a Mickey Pretzel at Home!

by Beth Keating
April 25, 2020

Of all the iconic treats that Disney fans crave, Mickey pretzels are right up there near the top. On April 26th, celebrate National Pretzel Day and bring home a bit of Disney magic by making your own version of this classic park prize.

The recipe for an actual Mickey pretzel hasn’t been published by Disney, but they have provided the version that is available at the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. So, while this recipe is authentically “Disney,” you just need to create your own “mouse” silhouette. Break out the mustard for dipping, or melt down some of your own cheese sauce for dunking. Add a few Mickey shorts on Disney+, and pretend you’re riding on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway while you are at it.  We won’t judge… you’ve been locked in the house for a while. We get it. Whip up a batch of Disney snacks and have at it.

Credit to the Disney Food Blog for this recipe. 

Authentic German Soft Pretzels From Epcot’s Germany Pavilion
Yield: 10 pretzels

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
coarse salt
prepared mustard (optional)

1. Stir and dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl.
2. Stir in salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour.
3. Beat until smooth.
4. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
5. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
6. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
7. Cut dough into 3 oz pieces and roll into a ball.
8. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
9. Roll out dough into strings and then twist dough pieces in the middle.
10. Pick up the dough string with two hands each hand holding one end.
11. Attach the ends to the dough in a pretzel shape.
12. Place pretzel on a baking sheet and allow to proof until pretzels doubles in thickness.
13. Whisk the eggs with water.
14. Brush egg wash on top of pretzel after they have proofed.
15. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
16. Put on to baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
17. Dip in prepared mustard if desired.

Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

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