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A little while ago I made cream cheese and jalapeno filled pretzels.

I used a standard, mall-style, pretzel dough.

The filling was cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and minced jalapenos.

The dough was shaped into balls, allowed to rest and then spread into disks. One or two teaspoons of filling was placed in the center and the dough was gathered around the filling and pinched shut. The pretzels were formed into small logs about two inches long with the seam down.

They were then dipped in a baking soda solution, salted, let proof, and baked at 450F for around 10 minutes.

On baking, the majority of the pretzels burst open and the filling partially leaked out. They were still delicious and were eaten almost instantly by my guests.

How do I prevent my filled pretzels from blowing out?

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  • What exactly is pretzel dough? I know we had a conversation about this once in chat, and Americans used the name 'pretzel' for everything in that shape, while me (and rumtscho perhaps) use the word for the crunchy, salty snacks.
    – Mien
    Jul 24, 2012 at 22:39
  • @Mien- Edited to include a link to the recipe. Pretzels can be hard and crunchy or chewy- like salty bagel ropes. This was the chewy variety. Jul 24, 2012 at 22:41
  • I think this is a dupe, it doesn't matter if you dip your filled bread in lye or not.
    – rumtscho
    Jul 25, 2012 at 11:25
  • @rumtscho- I agree the lye probably doesn't make a difference. A dupe of which question? I didn't find one. I don't care if this question is closed if the other one answers it for me. Jul 25, 2012 at 13:55
  • You can try stick the dough (toothpicks), until reach the fill, before baking. Works with breads but sometimes the fills melt and leak as well.
    – Diana
    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:46

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I would suspect that it's steam from the filling causing your pretzels to split during baking. I would try freezing small globs of the filling before cooking, hopefully then it won't get hot enough to steam and split. This is a technique they use in the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook to make "Bagel Bombs". http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2012/04/everything-bagel-bombs.html

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  • Interestingly the bagels in your link exploded just like my pretzels! It looks like they were frozen just to make it easier to roll the dough around the filling. Aug 15, 2012 at 18:53
  • Hah, I should have looked more closely! Hmmm, maybe poking a hole in the top to help vent the steam? That might just exacerbate the problem though...
    – Jergstar
    Aug 15, 2012 at 19:20

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