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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Soft Pretzels (Vegan)

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Soft Pretzels (Vegan)
Prep Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 large pretzels

Ingredients

Pretzel Dough:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (neutrally flavored) oil
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface

Cinnamon Raisin Filling:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (or coconut oil) softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins or craisins

Pretzel Wash:

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. Stir water, sugar, and yeast together until yeast is dissolved and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in oil until combined. Add flour and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes, adding a little more flour until the dough doesn't stick to your hands. It should spring back when you press your thumb into it. Place in oiled bowl and cover bowl with plastic or a damp towel, then place in warm place to rise until doubled in size.

  2. While bread is rising, mix together the ingredients for filling. Stir the butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl until smooth, then add raisins and stir until mixed.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a baking tray with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch tall. Spread out your filling on top in an even layer and then, starting from a longer edge, roll the dough into a "log" shape. Make a cut down the center to divide in half, then start gently twisting one half to stretch it into a thinner rope, about 1 inch in diameter. Divide the rope into 4 equal pieces and repeat this step with the other half of your log until you have 8 ropes.
  4. Twist each rope into a pretzel (you can do spirals if that is simpleand place on parchment tray.
  5. Stir together the hot water and soda until dissolved, then brush over pretzel (you can also sprinkle with a bit of pretzel salt if desired). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

P.S. If you feel like living in the edge, these are amazing dipped in vanilla frosting!.....just sayin'