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Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer

Instructions

  • Add the flours, yeast, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and salt to a mixing bowl and mix in 250ml of warm water until a dough forms.

  • Dust a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes or until smooth.

  • Divide the dough in to 24 pieces. Using your hands, roll each piece in to a long stick shape (see image for reference).

  • Place the dough sticks on to baking paper and leave to rise for an hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 190C. Fill a large pot with 1800ml of water and bring to a simmer. Add the baking soda and 50 grams of sugar and mix until dissolved.

  • Carefully drop a few of the dough sticks in to the liquid for for 15 seconds. Using tongs, remove the sticks and repeat until all sticks have been poached.

  • Place the sticks on to the baking paper and mix the egg and 1 tablespoon of water together. Brush the sticks with the egg wash and sprinkle on the coarse sea salt.

  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the sticks turn a dark golden brown colour.

  • Allow to cool completely before dipping half way in to melted chocolate. Snap small pretzels in half to form antlers and attach using the chocolate.

  • Use sweet decorations for eyes and nose to create the reindeer features. Place on to baking paper and pop in the fridge so that the chocolate solidifies.

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