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       Title: Neujahrspretzel (New Year’s Pretzels)
  Categories: German, Holiday, Special
       Yield: 2 servings
       2 c  Milk
       2 pk Yeast; Active, Dry
     1/2 c  Sugar
       2 ea Eggs; Large
       1 x  ;Water
     1/4 c  Almonds; Chopped
     1/2 c  Butter Or Margarine
       2 t  Salt
       7 c  Flour; Unbleached
       1 c  Confectioners' Sugar
       1 t  Vanilla Extract
   Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130 degrees F.).  Mix yeast,
   salt, sugar, and 1 cup flour.  Slowly beat into warm milk.  Beat for 2
   minutes.  Add eggs and 1 cup of flour.  Beat for an additional 2
   minutes. Add enough flour to form a soft dough.  Knead until smooth
   and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Place dough in a greased bowl.  Let
   rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.  Punch
   dough down and let rise again until doubled. (1 hour more).  Divide
   dough in half.  Shape pretzel as follows:  Roll dough into a rope
   about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Cross the ends
   leaving a large loop in the center.  Flip loop back onto crossed ends
   to form a pretzel.  Repeat with remaining dough. Place pretzels on
   greased baking sheets.  Let rise 15 minutes more.  Bake at 375
   degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on wire
   racks.  Mix confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla to form a thin
   icing. Spread icing on pretzels and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
   Makes 2 large pretzels.