A Brezel, it is German term but in other country it is pretzel. It is baked type bread product made from dough and it is commonly shaped into a knot. In the early middle ages, it is originated in Europe and the “pretzel loop” is the traditional shape that until now they are following the loop.
The ingredients and shape of the Brezel has a religious significance within the Catholic Church, it is basically prepared using only flour, water and this was traditionally made during Lent, during Lenten Season, all the Christians are forbidden to eat egg, dairy products like milk and butter and lard. As the time passed, Brezel or pretzel are associated with both Lent and Easter.
It became German Food because they often eat Brezel and this is one of the popular snacks in Germany, unlike in other country like US, German eats Brezel soft and with butter for dipping. Almost every region in Germany even the city has its own way of preparing and cooking Brezel or pretzel.
There are also toppings for Brezel like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and caraway seeds and also with melted cheese and bacon bits.
In Bavaria, Germany, Lye Pretzel has the unglazed white pretzel; it is sprinkled with caraway seeds and salt and still popular until now. This pretzel shape is used with variety of sweet pastries and it made with different types of dough there are flaky, brittle, crispy and the most popular is the soft dough.
If you want to make your homemade Brezel or pretzel here are the ingredients.
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The recipe of the Brezel or pretzel is easy but the preparation and cooking of this is long but when you get the classic taste of Brezel you will surely get the satisfaction. It is perfect with the beer or cut in half and sandwiched with cheese, bacon or ham. Happy Eating to all of us!!!