Barley-Currant Pretzel

Barley-Currant Pretzel

Submitted by: Craig Ponsford - Ponsford's Place - San Rafael, CA


Biga Final Dough Total Formula
Metric/kg Bakers % Metric/kg Metric/kg Bakers %
Hard Red Winter Wheat Flour 0.7912 100.00 1.055 1.846 70.00
Barley Flour 0.791 0.791 30.00
Water 0.5143 65.00 1.464 1.978 75.00
Salt 0.0008 0.10 0.052 0.053 2.00
Instant Yeast 0.0002 0.03 0.013 0.013 0.50
Butter, unsalted 0.079 0.079 3.00
Raisin Juice Concentrate 0.105 0.105 4.00
Powdered Milk 0.079 0.079 3.00
Maceration Liquid 0.396 15.00
Zante Currants 0.659 25.00
Zante Currants (Macerated) 1.055
Biga 1.307
Totals 1.3065 169.00 6.000 6.000 227.50


Posted July 5, 2012 by Gary

  • Ready Time :
    0 min




    • 12 hours before final mixing, mix the sponge ingredients until a cohesive dough is formed. Move to a covered container and let rise for 12 hours at 75˚F.
    • Also 12 hours in advance, macerate currants in water*, just to cover. Drain well prior to mixing (ideal macerated weight is reflected in the formula).

    Final dough

    • Mix flours, salt, yeast, powdered milk, water and raisin juice concentrate in a spiral mixer on low for 3 minutes.
    • Add biga and mix for 3 minutes, on 2nd speed.
    • Add butter and mix for 1 minute, on 2nd speed.
    • Add currants and mix to disperse evenly on low speed.

    Shaping and proofing

    • Let dough ferment for two hours in a covered container with a fold after the first hour.
    • Turn out dough after the second hour and divide into 150 g pieces. Flatten dough pieces into rectangles and premold tight 5″ cylinders.
    • Let rest for 20 minutes, roll into tapered strands roughly 24″ long. Grabbing each end, pick up and twist 360°, set the ends down over the ring of dough, pressing them into the opposite side, to make the pretzel.
    • Lay gently on a lightly floured board. Freeze or chill until an hour before use, then pull and bring to room temperature.

    Lye Bath

    • Make a 4% lye solution and bring to a boil (use caution as Lye is a corrosive chemical). Breifly submerge each pretzel in the bath, drain well and transfer to a sheet pan, sprinkle with sugar crystals or sesame seeds.


    • Bake at 380° F on low convection for 8-12 minutes, cool on rack.

    * To add character, consider accenting with a dash of whiskey, medeira or barley wine.

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