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Has anyone tried making pretzel crisps?

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jonqisu's picture
jonqisu

Has anyone tried making pretzel crisps?

Has anyone ever made anything like the Pretzel-thins at Trader Joes or the old snack, Mr. Phipp's Pretzel chips? I love dipping them in salsa, but I feel like I should be able to make it at home.


I've tried making them by using a preztel recipe and rolling out the dough, but they still puffed up enough that they weren't crunchy. I've also tried a lavash cracker (a la Reinhart) and then put it in a baking soda solution prior to baking, but the results were less than satisfactory.


I'm planning on doing a bit more of a rigorous experiment to make these, but I thought I would ask the collective wisdom of TFL before I got too far along. I'm thinking that my next attempt will use baking soda rather than yeast. Thanks all!

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Ms. Quez

To make your "chips" crispy, after you've baked your pretzels, you'll have to slice them and bake them one last time. They might need to be flipped mid-way through but you can be the judge.

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jonqisu

ah, just like bagel chips! I never thought of that...


I'll have to give that a try, though I feel like the thin crackers that I'm thinking of would be far too thin to have been hand cut after a first bake. But I guess I'll see soon enough. Thanks for the suggestion!

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SulaBlue

They turned out like those big, Bavarian hard pretzels - so maybe they'll work?


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/11993/sourdough-pretzels

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jonqisu

I've tried Alton Brown's hard pretzel recipe and those were closer than my first few attempts, but I think I'm still missing something--perhaps I need to try to roll the dough through a pasta roller to get them thin enough...


 


Seeing your post earlier today is what made me think of the crisps again--I meant to leave a note on your post telling you that you inspired me to break my starter out of hibernation and get ready to make some new pretzels. They looked mighty tasty indeed.

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SulaBlue

They softened a bit once they'd cooled all day. Still crunchy outside though. It occurred to me that you could try getting them SUPER thin by running them through a pasta roller instead of only as thin as you can get with a rolling pin, as you say. I was thinking about that earlier this evening! Surely if they're -that- thin, any puffing they do will be more like a pita air bubble than anything offering room for a chewy center.

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mredwood

Try saying that 3 times fast. Hey I have been wanting to make my crackers with a pasta roller for a long time but I haven't made crackers for a long time.  I also make tortillas which have a large amt of shortening and a small amt of baking powder. I would try your best recipe with very little yeast, possibly a smidge of baking powder, very little or no oil. Run through the pasta machine & cooked a little hot but not too long. Then a glaze or not and rebaked to dry out like a biscotti. Have you checked the TJs box for the list of ingredients just in case they put in something odd and wonderful? I am dreaming of pretzel thins with rye and a dash of caraway powder (not enough to notice) and maybe an italian style to used with a sweet red pepper dip. Oh my sounds good. I hope you make your recipe available to us.


Thanks Mariah