Pretzel Wrapped Bratwurst

When I first pinned this, I just knew it was one I had to try.

I know a lot of people say that pinterest is just a fantasy land, where people pin clothes they wish they had, a house they wish they had, a body they wish they had, and food they wish they could make. But that is not true for me. I’ve done exercise routines, made crafts, and cooked many recipes that I have found through that beloved site.

But the reason this one stuck out to me is a little different. I talked about it before, a little, here. My study abroad in Vienna Austria was the time of my life. I don’t want to rehash the things I’ve already mentioned, but instead reminisce on something new. I was lucky to go to Austria from September through December. Which meant I could enjoy the warmth of the summer, the changing fall leaves and crisp air, and the spirit of Christmas.

 

And Christmas in Vienna means Christmas Markets. The Christkindlmarkt are open for a several weeks which meant I could enjoy many of them throughout the city during the time I was there. The Rathaus Market, Schoenbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, Maria-Theresien, and many more. At these lovely markets one could buy anything from warm baked goods and hot cocoa, to hand crafted Christmas ornaments, to jewelery, to children’s toys, to much much more… and all of these things together create the most picture perfect place. With the sights and the smells, its truly breathtaking. I regret not buying more treats and handcrafted goods while I was there, but of course the program alone cost me an arm and a leg, so I didn’t have too much spare change to spend on goodies.

My parents were able to come out the last couple days of my program, and we were able to stay in blessed Europa for another week or so, traveling around to different cities (which of course meant more markets) but the memory that sticks out in my head, though it be a small one, is one of wandering the Maria-Theresien Platz market with them. And the smells finally captivated me and told me that I must by a pretzel bratwurst. Of course I had my choice of bratwursts from blutwurst to white wurst, I don’t remember the name, but I just took the traditional. And chose to get it with ketchup, not mustard that is so beloved there. And it was delicious.

So, you see, once I saw this pin, I had to make it. To recreate. To feel my heart beat a little for my memories of the stunning markets. And although I can’t remember the exact taste to know if this matched, I can tell you that this little pretzel brat did not disappoint.

I can also tell you that even if you have never been to Vienna, or Prague, or Berlin if you like bratwurst then you will like this recipe. It is perfect. Although slightly time consuming, as most recipes with dough are, as you wait for it to rise. Its worth the wait. And as I wait till I can save up enough money to return to Vienna with my sweet husband, I keep that thought in mind. It will be worth the wait.

7 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 TBS yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
3 TBS melted butter
10 cheddar bratwurst (or regular – or 12 hotdogs)

2 quarts water
4 TBS baking soda
1 TBS salt

1. Combine the warm and yeast in a small bowl. Lightly stir and set aside for about 5-7 minutes.
2. Combine the flour and salt in stand mixer bowl
3. Add the warm butter to the yeast mixture.
4. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the wet ingredients with the dry and mix on low until thoroughly combined and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for another 2 minutes.
5. Remove the dough from the bowl, spray with cooking spray, return the dough to the bowl and cover.
6. Allow to rise until it is doubled in size.
7. Once risen, punch down the dough and knead for 1 minute.
8. Cut dough into 10 equal pieces (12 for hotdogs).
9. Roll into long ropes about 18 inches in length.
10. Wrap each bratwurst (or hotdog) from end to end with the dough. Press seams together.
11. Allow to rest for about 15 minutes, while the oven preheats to 400 degrees and you boil a large pot of water (with  salt and baking soda).
12. Bring water to a roiling boil.
13. Place 2 buns into the pot and boil for 1 minute on each side. Remove from water and score the tops with a sharp knife.
14. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
15. When all buns have been boiled, bake them on a greased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
15. Enjoy with a side of ketchup or mustard.

 

19 Comments

  1. You just made me homesick for Prague. That’s where I served my LDS mission. At least now I can make these and feel a little less homesick.

    1. Wow, I can imagine serving in Prague was amazing. I only visted the city for a few days, but I absolutely loved it. You’ll have to make these and let me know if they’re similar to what you might have eaten. :)

  2. I’m the same as you – I’ve made quite a few things that I’ve pinned!

    I’ve been itching to travel lately, but haven’t been able to. But I can travel through food, right? I think this sounds delicious!!

    1. Deborah, I have been dying to travel as well. I have been lucky enough to go to Europe 3 times already, but now its been almost 3 1/2 years since I’ve gone and I’m really craving to go back. I just need to save up more money! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go to?

  3. Mmmmmmm!! These look yummy!! I agree, pinterest is much more to me! I adore that site! I’ve found food, house decorating, party ideas, etc…!

    1. Exactly. Though, the amount of time I spend on pinterest compared to the amount of time I’ve spent making projects from pinterest doesn’t exactly equal up. I could spend hours just looking through all the ideas!

  4. You are making me ache for travel, particularly to Austria. As I was reading your memories, I had multiple flashbacks to our hotel in Dorfgastein, the McDonalds (ha!) in Budapest, the Austro-American Institute…I remember how diligently you wrote in your journal about our experiences. Oh, how I wish I had done that! I really need to collect all the things I wrote and pictures I took into one central place. Gosh. Such fabulous, life-changing memories!

  5. Oh my gosh. These look so amazing! Combining two of my favorite foods! Ugh..I could totally eat that right now!

    1. These are one of my favorite things I’ve ever made and I think it will continue to be a family favorite. Maybe you can make a gf pretzel?

  6. this has been on my to-make list for weeks! looks amazing

  7. haniphotonicibrahim · · Reply

    i love pretzel dogs!
    i have tried a few recipes before, which make me feel odd when i read your recipe. most of other recipe calls for around 4 to 4 1/2 cups of flour to 1 1/2 water or milk and 3 to 4 tablespoon of melted butter. but your recipe needs 7 cups of flour? wow. is it hard to knead? do you think its tougher than usual? what about the final product? how is the texture? i am excited to try your recipe but i am so curious as to why your flour to liquid ratio is so different. thanks!

    1. Hey,

      This is the only recipe I have every tried for pretzels, so I’m not sure if my dough is tougher than other pretzel dough, but fortunately I use my kitchen aid mixer for most of my kneading. I do roll the dough out by hand to form the pretzels and wrap them around the hot dogs and it sometimes does get a little tough for the last few as it dries out, but putting a damp paper towel over the dough usually fixes that. I think it might be a little tougher to knead the whole thing by hand, but I don’t think it is too difficult.

      The recipe does make a lot of dough, since it does use 7 cups of flour, but I bet you could cut it in half with good results.

      Let me know if you try it out!

  8. Made a 1/2 recipe in my bread maker on the dough setting and they are great! We also used smoked sausages bc that’s what I had… Love it and wanted to pin it but, and maybe I’m just being outsmarted – doesn’t necessarily take much, I don’t see a pin option on the page and did a search in Pinterest with no results. Help? Thank you, and thanks for a great recipe.

    1. I should work on putting a ”pin it” button but I haven’t yet. You can add pinterests button to your tool bar and then you can pin any image from any website without then including a pin option. and thank you! Im glad it turned out for you! Sounds delicious with smoked sausage

      1. Here is my pin of the recipe, so you can repin it. I have a board on pinterest of all our recipes, you should also check that out. http://pinterest.com/pin/132293307775407469/

  9. Mmmm…I’m thinking of some fresh chicken bratwurst they make at a store near me and how I can work them into this. It sounds so good! I’m already hungery for it and I just ate lunch! :)

    1. Mmm chicken bratwurst wrapped in this pretzel sounds delicious! I would recommend cooking the bratwurst a little first because although its boiled for a bit and baked, I usually start with precooked stuff, and I wouldn’t want to risk it. Let me know if you try it!

  10. I will be making these for sure. I just pinned it to my Bread board.

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