Traditional Romanian pretzels

Pretzels... ah those Romanian pretzels. Every time I go back to Romania I cannot resist stopping in front of a little patisserie that sells pretzels. We call them "covrigi". They are just a simple dough with all kind of toppings. My favourite version is with poppy seeds and coarse salt. Probably because of me, my daughter started to love them as well. She loves them now so much that last time when we have been to Romania she told me: "Mommy I would like to take our house, my daddy and my little brother and move to Romania". I was astonished about this remark so I asked her why. Her answer was as simple as this one "Because in Romania we have pretzels".
With this comment from my daughter, I couldn't do more than putting pretzels on my TO DO cooking list. So now it is the perfect moment, as on the 1st of December is the Romanian national day. Happy National Day my dear Romanians!

10000... well this number has nothing to do with the reasons mentioned above, but with something that I love very much.
A bit more than 3 years ago, when I started to love to make sourdough bread, I was looking for a place where I can learn, share and be in contact with people having the same passion as me. As I couldn't find the perfect community of bread baking on the web, I decided to make one myself. It is called Bread lovers. Since then, in this journey of learning and sharing, I've met a person with who I simply "clicked" on the same passion. I didn't know him before but I have found out that we were living in neighbour counties. One day he made a trip to Belgium and we have finally met face to face. His name is Rick and he was happy to join me as a moderator in this community. He put a lot of effort in inviting members to this community, to back me up every time I was in holidays, maternity leave or just busy and, at a certain moment the community has grown its own identity. Now, the community has reached an incredible number of 10 000 people. I wouldn't have thought that so many people are interested in bread baking and this makes me very happy. One person more loving to make his/her own bread is one person less buying the low-quality bread. Thank you Rick from all my heart, this community wouldn't have reached so far without you. Thank you to all the active members who were sharing all their beautiful bread creations, thank you to all "listener" members who are here to learn and admire the bread posts.
We've learned together so much, thank you to you, all 10000. This community belongs to you!

After post remark: Please note that G+ platform was closed and the group does not exist anymore under this platform. The group was recreated on Facebook under the same name Bread Lovers.

  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 300g water
  • 20g of fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 30g sodium bicarbonate
  • 50g melted butter
  • poppy seeds
  • coarse salt

  1. Mix for 10 minutes the flour, water, salt, yeast and butter with a standing mixer.
  2. Cover the bowl with a lid and let it raise for 1h.
  3. Cut the dough in pieces. I count around 12 pretzels, but it only depends on you how big you would like to have the pretzels.
  4. Take a large pan, fill it half with water and bring it to boil. Add the sodium bicarbonate and mix 2-3 times with a spoon.
  5. Roll each piece of dough until arrives to have 60cm long. Make with this roll a U reversed letter and cross back the ends, sticking them to the dough. Following this movement, you'll reach to the specific shape of Romanian traditional covrigi (pretzels).
  6. Submerse each pretzel in boiling water for 1 minute. Take them out with a slotted spoon and lay them on a tray that has on the bottom a silicone or baking sheet paper. I used 2 baking trays as they only fit 6 pretzels in each tray.
  7. Sprinkle the pretzels with poppy seeds and salt.
  8. Bake them for 25 minutes at 200ÂșC.

Recipe inspired from here.


Post a Comment