"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pretzels, get your pretzels here

This recipe is economical and incredibly yummy. Bake some and see what you think.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ¼ cups warm water

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve above ingredients and let sit for about 10 minutes. The mixture should foam a little.

Into the yeast mixture, add the following:
3 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

On a floured plate or board, knead the dough. Add about one cup more flour as needed during kneading.

Lightly oil a large bowl and roll the dough in it, so that all sides of the dough are lightly covered with oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a greased towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour and a half.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Shape dough into 12 pretzel shapes or about 24 twisty sticks. It seems twisty sticks are faster to shape, easier to handle, and brown more uniformly when baking (but you do what you want).

In a saucepan, dissolve ½ cup of baking soda into 4 cups of hot water. Simmer gently.

Dunk one or two pretzels at a time into the water. Use a slotted spoon or wire basket-type spatula so some of the water drains off. (Stir water mixture often to prevent baking soda from clinging to the pretzels).

Bake pretzels on a greased baking sheet for about 8 minutes or until golden brown.

Immediately brush with melted butter.

Then, enjoy them as is…or
*dip them in a bowl of Parmesan cheese; or
*sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mixture on top; or
*sprinkle course salt on top.

These are so soft and delicious--you’ll want to eat them all at once.

Do you love soft pretzels?

**This recipe was posted on the Two for Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop. Check it out!!**

8 comments:

  1. Oh yummy! Your soft pretzels look buttery and delicious!

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  2. YES! I totally love soft pretzels.. Seriously, they DO look amazing...I wish I could reach out and grab a couple. Thanks so much for sharing them with Two for Tuesdays this week =)

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  3. Thanks, Kim and girlichef. You guys are sweeties!

    Kris7

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  4. I looked at the clock to see if I could still make these tonight - alas I can't! Pretzels are so on my list of things to bake - thanks for sharing this at Two for Tuesday!

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  5. Christy...oh yeah, pretzels always sound good!!

    Checked out your blog. You are one busy lady...but in a good-busy way. :-)

    Kris7

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  6. Hi Kris! Lovely to see you on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop again! I never did tell you that I too have a home made raggedy ann doll and every time i visit your blog I smile and think of her! I adore home made pretzels and have such fun making them with the kids. Will definitely try out your great recipe! :) alex@amoderatelife

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  7. Alex...Homemade raggedy ann dolls are so special. I used to have a bigger one from my childhood. She must have been teasing our yellow lab, because he tore her to shreds. That was a sad day.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Kris7

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  8. Dip them in parmesan? Stop! I can almost taste that, and it's past midnight! Sounds divine. Thank you for sharing at the blog hop at Two for Tuesdays.

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