Precedella | 1500’s Pretzels made with Wine

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Pretzels & Beer are the staples of Oktoberfest. Today, we look at the festival’s history and that of its snack: Pretzels. Though the pretzel we’re making today is a little different from one you might find in Munich today.

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The History of Pretzels

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Precedella
ORIGINAL 1581 RECIPE (From Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt)
Take fair flour, egg yolk, and a little wine, sugar and anise and make a dough with it. With clean hands, roll it nicely long and rounded and make little pretzels. Place in a warm oven and bake, not burning it but until well dried so they are crisp and good. You may or may not use cinnamon. And it is called Precedella.

MODERN RECIPE
INGREDIENTS
– 2 1/2 Cups (300g) flour
– 4-5 large egg yolks
– ⅓ Cup (80 ml) White Wine
– ¾ Cup (150g) Sugar
– ½ tsp ground aniseed
– ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
– ½ tsp salt

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
2. Whisk together the flour, aniseed, cinnamon and sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and pale. Then add the wine and mix until incorporated. Then, add in the dry ingredients 1/3rd at a time, mixing gently until there are no streaks. Be sure to not over mix or the pretzel will become tough.
4. Divide the dough into 5-6 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope. (If the dough is too sticky to handle, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until workable) Then form each rope into a pretzel and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until dry and crisp.
*Optional: Add an egg wash before baking to give the precedella a nice sheen.

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