Kuro pretzels

130 minutes - 4 pretzels

I don't buy bread anymore, since i've discovered the joys of home-baking! I still like to go to my neighbourhood bakery though, to get ideas and inspiration. My latest bread experiment, is pretzels.

You can find black breads in some japanese bakeries, though it isn't common here in Montreal. If available, I wonder if people would buy them. Unfortunately, black is synonymous with 'burnt' and 'rotten'.

Those who think this way are missing out! Black bread is as good as any other bread, and will please the dark abyss, that is your stomach.

This recipe was adapted from Alton Brown's. I'm still new at baking, I'm learning a lot about it. It's great to have so many resources online to learn from! These pretzels are best eaten on the same day!



Water3/4 cupMaple syrup1/2 tbspSea salt1 tspActive dry yeast1 tspAll purpose flour2 1/4 cupBamboo charcoal powder1 tspCoconut oil2 tbspWater3/4 cupMaple syrup1/2 tbspSea salt1 tspActive dry yeast1 tspAll purpose flour2 1/4 cupBamboo charcoal powder1 tspCoconut oil2 tbsp

Boiling water

Water5 cupsBaking soda1/3 cupWater5 cupsBaking soda1/3 cup

'egg' wash

Soy milk1 tbspSoy milk1 tbsp


Fleur de sel1 tspFleur de sel1 tsp


In a bowl, mix the 3/4 cup of warm water, 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of salt. Sprinkle the tsp of yeast on top, and let it sit for 5 minutes.In a separate bowl, stir 1 tsp of black bamboo charcoal powder into 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour. Once your dough becomes an even 'grey', mix in 2 tbsp of coconut oil.Combine the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, mix well.Take the dough out of the bowl, and place onto a lightly floured surface. Continue to knead the dough using your hands, until it becomes smooth.Put ball of dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for 50 minutes or until it has doubled in size.Pre-heat your oven to 450FPrepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add a bit of vegetable oil over it.Put 5 cups of water into a pot, along with 1/3 cup of baking soda. Bring to a boil.Take your dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into a long thin rope, the longer it is the bigger your pretzels will be.You can shape it however you want. If you want a pretzel shape, first shape it into a U. Take the two ends and cross them over each other, then take the 'crossed ends' and bring it to the bottom of your U. Press it down.Using a flat spatula, gently place one pretzel into the pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Only put one piece in at a time. After, place them onto the baking sheet you prepared earlier.Brush or spray the pretzels with some soy milk, and sprinkle with some fleur de sel.Bake for 12 minutes and place on a cooling rack!


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