Let’s face it: what is more delicious than a warm soft pretzel as a salty snack break in your Disney day? If you’re an avid “box person,” you are well aware that one of Lou’s favorite treats is a soft pretzel with jalapeño cheese sauce (insert NJ accent here) from Wetzel’s pretzels. While Wetzel’s Pretzels is currently closed for relocation in Downtown Disney®, I thought this week we would search Disney property for some of the other best soft pretzel options.
1) Mickey Head Pretzels– these classic gems can mainly be found in Magic Kingdom® Park. Head over to The Lunching Pad or Cool Ship locations in Tomorrowland® to find one.
2) Authentic German Hand-Twisted Pretzels– popularly paired with a German beer, these can be found at Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion over at Epcot®. Let me tell you….the Germans know how to do pretzels right.
3) Stuffed Jalapeño Cheese Pretzel– found at the Fife and Drum Tavern stand in Epcot®‘s America Pavilion. This one is calling Lou’s name.
4) Stuffed Cream Cheese Pretzel– this one can also be found at the Fife and Drum Tavern or at the Harambe Fruit Market in Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.
5) Sweet Raisin Pretzel (with icing and chocolate or almonds)- this pretzel is certainly not traditional, but can be a sweet pick me up when you are visiting the Norway Pavilion in Epcot®. Look for it at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.
Of course you can always get a traditional plain pretzel at various locations on property as well! Usually, you can buy a side of cheese or various other dipping sauces to accompany your pretzel.
This week’s recipe is for German soft pretzels just like those served at the Germany Pavilion! Recipe courtesy of http://ourmagickitchen.com/disney-pretzels.
German Soft Pretzels
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 -115 degrees F)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
Prepared mustard (optional)
Stir and dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir in salt, sugar, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Cut dough into 3-ounce pieces and roll into a ball. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Roll out dough into strings and then twist dough pieces in the middle. Pick up dough string with two hands, each hand holding one end. Attach the ends to the dough in a pretzel shape.
Place pretzel on baking sheet and allow to proof until pretzel string thickness is about double as thick (place in a warm spot with a damp towel on top).
Whisk the eggs with water. Brush egg wash on top of pretzels after they proof. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Put on to baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Dip in prepared mustard if desired.
Do you have a go-to pretzel of choice at Disney?
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.