I am sharing a food memory tonight to honor my Aunt Martha who passed away. Today was her funeral. I could not be there since the funeral was in Norway and due to Covid-19 it is not possible for me to partake. So to honor my aunts memory and life I have baked and eaten this Anise Pretzel that she used to bake. Any time I want I can in my mind smell it and remember the taste of her “Aniskringle.” I loved it and it was only when visiting her as a child I got this particular pretzel. My aunt had just turned 90 years old before Christmas. Peace and love to her memory.
- 80 g real butter
- 3 1/2 dl milk
- 1 dl sugar
- 50 g yeast
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp crushed anise
- 650 g flour
Knead the butter into the flour in your mixer with a dough hook, or in a bowl by hand.
In a cup add sugar and a little milk and mix in the yeast. Stir the yeast until dissolved. Whisk in the egg and mix in the rest of the milk together with the yeast.
Add the liquid to the flourmix little by little until you get a smooth, not too firm dough. Leave the dough to rise for approxiomately 30 minutes with a towel or a cover over the baking dish.
Take the dough out on the baking table and roll out a sausage. Divide it into approxiomately 20 pieces. Roll each piece out to an about 35 cm long sausage that you shape into a pretzel. Place on a baking sheet. Leave to rise for 25 minutes. Brush with egg mixed with a little milk. Fry the pretzels in the middle of the oven. Bake at 210 Celsius degrees for about 20 minutes.
A tip is to place the baking tray in the oven at 150 Celsius degrees. Spray water in the oven when you insert the tray with Anise Pretzels so that they get a faster crust and stay soft. Or place a pan under the baking tray and add a little water in it. This will give a steam. Leave the tray with the water in the oven for 15 minutes and take it out. Finish the baking of the pretzels at 210 Celsius degrees and when they have a golden color.
When you roll out the item into thin sausages, remember to make the ends a little thinner so that they do not become so thick when making the pretzel.
This tasty Anise Pretzel is great both for breakfast and as a coffee treat. Anise Pretzels are delicious to serve to guests or to enjoy by yourself. They are the best with butter and Brown Cheese (Norwegian Brown Cheese).