Super Bowl Football Pretzels
This is my culinary contribution for Super Bowl Sunday: football shaped pretzels. The pretzels are dipped in lye before baking (read more here). Each pretzel is about four inches long. The flavor and texture of the crust reminds of the soft pretzels you can buy frozen in the super market or from pretzel carts, but the flavor of the crumb is much better, probably because of the whole wheat flour, malt powder, and butter.
The pretzels are made with unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, salt, malt powder, water, and butter. I topped half of the pretzels with kosher salt and the other half with fleur de sel.