I recently asked a question over in my Disney facebook group: if the parks were back open and everything was safe, where would be the first place you’d go to eat? I expected answers along the lines of fancy meals at Be our Guest or Le Cellier. And while I got some of those, the overwhelming response was for simple things like popcorn, dole whip, Mickey pretzels, and churros.
It’s these “ordinary” things that people are missing the most. The things you carry around the parks while you eat them that just feel the most Disney. While we still can’t have any Disney snacks, I’ve been playing around with lots of recipes lately and knew the time had come to attempt a Mickey pretzel recipe.
I found a few versions online so I worked with one of those, but as I went I found myself adjusting it a bit. The one I found from the Disney Food Blog was a little overly complicated for me – with instructions like “cut dough into 3 oz pieces.” As an amateur baker I definitely don’t know how to eyeball dough when it comes to ounces, and I’m not even sure how I would measure it. So I changed things like that. I also added some butter, which was not in the original recipe, but I love the great buttery taste of a soft pretzel.
A note on yeast: I know that right now at least, around here, yeast is hard to come by in the grocery stores. We bake our own bread weekly so we buy it in bulk and still have a good amount. If you don’t have any, you can find it on Amazon, though you will be paying a premium and may have to wait awhile for delivery. You can also make your own starter and substitute it for yeast. The taste will be a bit different, since every starter is technically unique, but I imagine it would still be delicious!
So now here is the Mickey pretzel recipe:
Makes 10 pretzels
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Coarse salt
- Preheat oven to 400. Stir and dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- A little at a time, add in the remaining flour until the dough is not overly sticky and easy to work with.
- Turn dough on a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
- Separate dough into 10 equal sized pieces and roll each into a ball. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll out dough into strings. To create a traditional Mickey pretzel, I separated the dough into different sized strings. I started by making one big loop, two smaller ones for the ears, and then used pieces of dough to fill in the other details. You could also just do a traditional pretzel shape if you prefer.
- Place pretzels on a baking sheet and allow to sit until they poof up in size, approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and whisk together with eggs and 1 tablespoon water.
- Brush the pretzels with the egg mixture and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until pretzels are light golden brown.
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Will you be trying this Mickey pretzel recipe? Which snack do you miss the most?