The other day we had to drop by our local Volkswagen dealer to have my key battery changed.
Darn thing no longer recognized me and wouldn’t let me open the door.
Anyway, the sales agent who sold us our tow beast was just arriving and with her she brought a big bag of
Italian pretzels that her Momma had made in the early hours (apparently 05:00) that morning.
The staff converged on her like flies to honey.
We sampled one – still warm – really good!
So the following is my version put together from bits and pieces of what she described…
ITALIAN FENNEL BLACK PEPPER PRETZELS
1 packet yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups flour
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp salt (sea of course)
Dissolve yeast in the water and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and knead for 5-10 minutes
Set aside in a tea towel covered bowl until doubled in volume.
The sales agent told us they go very well with a glass of red wine.
I found this video on YouTube and thought it may help you visualize the process.
Her recipe is different from mine but the method is the same.