Thinking of a good foodie gift for Christmas? Or maybe you need to whip up quick snacks for people to munch on. Here is a perfect recipe for you â€“ Chocolate pretzels from Germany. I found this recipe from Taste.com.au and I think that it just might be a hit this year.
â€¢ 125g butter, softened
â€¢ 1/2 cup pure icing sugar
â€¢ 1 egg, at room temperature
â€¢ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢ 2 cups plain flour
â€¢ 1/4 cup cocoa powder
â€¢ 200g good-quality dark cooking chocolate, chopped
1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and icing sugar until pale and creamy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Sift flour and cocoa over butter mixture. Stir until dough comes together. Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Press into a 1.5cm-thick disc. Wrap in baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
2. Preheat oven to 180Â°C. Line 2 large, flat baking trays with baking paper. Using 2 teaspoons dough per biscuit, roll out dough into 20cm-long sausage shapes. Bend into horseshoe shapes, with ends towards you. Cross over ends. Rest ends on top loop of dough. Place on baking tray. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, swapping trays after 6 minutes, or until golden and firm to touch. Allow biscuits to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (do not allow base of bowl to touch water). Stir occasionally with a metal spoon until chocolate is melted and smooth.
4. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Dip each pretzel into chocolate. Place on baking trays. Allow chocolate to set.
What do you think? Looks easy enough to make?