Binging with Babish: Michael Scott’s Pretzel from The Office


-Thank you. -Hi, please tell me you have a Sweet Pretzel left. -We do. We have 18 different toppings. We have sweet glaze, cinnamon sugar, chocolate, white chocolate, fudge, M&Ms, caramel dip, mint chip, chocolate chip, marshmallows, nuts, toffee nuts, coconut, peanut butter drizzle, Oreos, sprinkles, cotton candy bits, and powdered sugar. Is there any way that you could do all, all of them? -The works you got it. -Alright! Hey, what’s up guys, welcome back to Binging with Babish, where this week we’re taking on a caloric carpet-bomb that only Michael Scott could have dreamt up: the 18 topping pretzel, the elements of which are laid here before you. The toppings are obviously very silly, but they give us the opportunity to learn how to make soft, buttery, shopping-mall style pretzels. We’re gonna start by heating 2 cups of whole milk to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and adding 2 packets of active dry yeast. We’re then gonna let that sit for about 5 minutes or until it turns a little frothy and bubbly. Put it in the bowl of a stand mixer and add 6 tablespoons of light brown sugar, three and a quarter cups of flour, one cup of bread flour, two teaspoons of salt, and four tablespoons of cooled melted butter. Affix your dough hook, drop it down, and knead for ten minutes. You want a tacky but not sticky dough; if it’s too sticky, if it’s sticking to the side of the bowl, add flour a couple tablespoons at a time until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Then, we’re gonna let the dough rise for one hour in a well oiled covered bowl in a warm place. A good spot is on top of or inside an off oven. While that’s resting, we’ve got some toppings to make. Let’s start with caramel sauce. I’m gonna kind of breeze through this one because we already made it for Homer’s Moon Waffles, if you wanna see how to make caramel sauce, just check out that video. We’re basically cooking sugar and water until it turns honey colored, adding heavy cream, and letting cool. Next up, we’ve got hot fudge sauce. We’re combining four tablespoons of butter, half a cup of cocoa powder, two thirds of a cup of chocolate chips, a whopping two cups of sugar (newsflash: this recipe is unhealthy), and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Simply stir everything together and bring to a bare simmer and cook for about seven minutes, or until a beautiful chocolate fudge sauce forms. Lastly, we’ve got the peanut butter drizzle We’re going to start with a 1/2 cup of heavy cream, add to that a quarter cup of sugar and a quarter cup of light corn syrup and two tablespoons of unsalted butter. And optionally, you can add a little bit of vanilla paste. Heat this mixture until just steaming and all the ingredients are incorporated and then let cool slightly and add a half a cup of smooth peanut butter. Mix until completely smooth and pour into a really cool mason jar and at long last it’s pretzel time, no pun intended. Unwrap the dough, which by this point should have doubled in size, and liberally spray your work surface with nonstick spray. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and begin rolling out into long dough thingies about the width of your finger. Then once you’ve got it stretched out about 3 feet wide it’s time to twist the dough around three times and Fold it over on top of itself, forming a pretzel that we’re then going to dip into a solution of about four cups of hot water and a half a cup of baking soda. I’m gonna make two different kinds of pretzels here, so I’m going to hit three of them with rock salt and three of them with cinnamon sugar. We’re then going to place them in a 450 degree fahrenheit oven for about 12 minutes, turning half way through until we are greeted with some kind of sloppy looking but totally delicious pretzels. And, because we’re not watching our waistlines, we’re gonna brush them down with melted butter while they’re still hot. Let these cool a little bit, but we obviously want to serve them warm. I’m gonna be performing this procedure on a sheet of parchment paper because I know it’s gonna be an absolute disaster. Now in the order as listed by the pretzel man, we’re gonna start with a sweet glaze made from powdered sugar and milk, some cinnamon sugar, which is just half cinnamon half sugar, a chocolate drizzle, a white chocolate drizzle, a semi- redundant smearing of hot fudge sauce (you’re gonna need to microwave this briefly to make it drizzleable again). Then we’re gonna add some M&Ms (I went with M&Ms minis for the sake of structural integrity), a healthy drizzle of our delicious caramel sauce. This is gonna help our other toppings stick down the line. Then, it’s time for mint chips (I have some mint chocolate chips here, I couldn’t find the straight-up green ones), some chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows (these aren’t as mini as I would like, but whatever), nuts, toffee nuts (you can make or buy these, they’re just candy-coated pecans). Some sweetened flaked coconut, our peanut butter drizzle (this is a very odd combination, peanut butter and coconut), one whole crushed Oreo, a healthy sprinkling of multicolored jimmies or sprinkles and then cotton candy bits. This one was tricky, I had to go to a baking supply place to find them, and a gentle snowfall of powdered sugar. I know that you’re thinking “this pretzel needs more toppings on it!” But that’s really all that there is, and I managed to get a bite with almost everything on it and I gotta say, not as bad as I thought it was gonna be. I actually went back for seconds. But it seemed like this form factor could be improved upon, so I divided the pretzel into equal sections, drizzled it down with sweet glaze for a topping support and placed a 1-inch segment of each topping all the way around the pretzel. This way, you can have a different flavor with every bite. At this point my hands were actually shaking from the measly two bites of pretzel that I had taken earlier, so I couldn’t possibly eat this thing. But hey, at least it was half way Instagram-able. And in the end, isn’t that really all that matters?

100 thoughts on “Binging with Babish: Michael Scott’s Pretzel from The Office

  1. I don’t know why you did this but I am sooooooooooo happy you did.

  2. You should boil them in a NaOH solution for 30 to 40 seconds before backing but, as a german guy, I would try your Pretzel

  3. OMG I LOVE THE OFFICE SO FREAKING MUCH AND THIS IS THE GREATEST VIDEO ON THE INTERNET

  4. If your hands were shaking from two little bites it’s either all in your head or your have problems with your blood sugar. I’d go see a endocrinologist.

  5. We all need a guy who just says “the works, you got it” everytime we want something

  6. Who else is binge watching at 3am and now wants to go to the shoot so make food

  7. Imma make this pretzel for my birthday in memory of Michael Scott. WHY DID THEU HAVE TO MAKE HIM LEAVE THE SHOW

  8. michael scotts expression whilst listening to the different topics: "ok fuck this, i want all of them"

  9. Does anyone else get excited when the person you watching has an item you also have.

  10. My inner Auntie Anne's employee is screaming about the pretzel form 😂

  11. Way too much effort in some of the prep. Like no one is going to waste time making their own fudge when you can just heat up some chocolate syrup like a normal person. Great video but that’s 5 mins I’ll never get back

  12. If I live until next week….. just kidding. I just now added Crisco back to my kitchen after avoiding it for 50 years. May have to throw it away again.

  13. Imagine you swallowing his nut then he’s says nEwmemberofthecleandiccCluB

  14. 0:38
    I can imagine how many takes it took him to clear all of the toppings with one shove 😂

  15. Halfway Instagram-able !! Andrew what have you become you can’t go to the dark side of YouTube!!!!

  16. I've tried this recipe twice now with no success. The dough won't stretch out, the yeast won't bloom, and it comes out overly dense and nothing like a pretzel. What am I doing wrong?

  17. "Is there any way you could do.. All of them?" "The works, you got it." "All right!!"

  18. Hey I've been a fan for a while now, but you use Skippy peanut butter so I'm unsubscribing

  19. Disliked because you called sprinkles jimmies, they're fucking sprinkles. Period.

  20. Just realized that BWB watches Game Grumps because when he said sprinkles, he said Jimmies. Arin calls the jimmies

  21. I haven't had cinnamon sugar pretzels since they stopped serving them at the local target's cafe thing. I'm making them tomorrow

  22. that guy was so nonchalant about people getting all of those things on their pretzels. He's just like "the works, you got it" and starts working

  23. I legit thought “ I wonder if anyone has made Michael’s pretzel” 2 days ago when I watched that episode for the 25th time.

  24. My sister worked at auntie anns and they just put everything in a mug mixer and turned it on

  25. Topping a Bretzel is not the way to eat it… As a German this is blasphemy.
    You just take some butter and that's it!

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