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Buckhead Bread Co.'s Pretzel Sticks
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From the menu of . . . Buckhead Bread Co. & Corner Cafe
3070 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
Q: The pretzel sticks they serve at the Buckhead Bread Co. are fabulous. I have searched extensively for the recipe with no success. Can you possibly get it?
- Constance Wall, Berkeley Lake
A: It was Pano Karatassos, the legendary Atlanta restaurateur and president and founder of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, who conceived the idea of pretzel bread. He called upon Alou Niangadou, an award-winning bakery chef and executive bread baker at the Buckhead Bread Co., which provides bread for all the Buckhead Life restaurants as well as other top hotels and restaurants, to come up with such a creation.
Hands on time: 25 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 40 minutes Serves: 8 sticks
3 1/2 to 4 cups (1 pound) high gluten or all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon salt
2 ( 1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
When oven is hot, brush optional egg glaze on bread sticks, sprinkle with additional sugar if desired and then make slash marks (using a razor blade or a very sharp knife) lightly across tops of sticks. Bake 20 to 30 minutes.