Wednesday, September 30, 2015


I haven't made pretzels from scratch for a long time. I made the dough. Then the kids and I made our own. The kids did a pretty good job. It was a lot of fun to watch them shape their pretzels. My son made tiny ones. My daughter made her pretzel bigger than her head. Of course, she dipped her pretzel into sugar cinnamon for her liking. I brought mine to work for my lunch. My children had to bring theirs into school for snack.The pretzels are soft and filling. I didn't make a dip since my daughter wanted her pretzel to be sweet.
8 cup all purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 (.25 0z.) package of dry active yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm milk
5 Tbps butter, melted
2 Tbsp salt
3 Tbsp baking soda
1 egg white
1 Tbsp sea salt

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Combine 1 cup of flour with the water, yeast, and sugar. Cover loosely and set aside for 5 hours.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining flour, yeast mixture, milk, butter, and salt. 
  4. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. 
  5. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick baking spray. 
  6. Set aside to rise for 1 hour or until double in size. 
  7. Punch down the dough. 
  8. Shape the pretzels into the desired shape. 
  9. Set the shaped pretzels onto the cookie sheet. 
  10. Allow the dough to rise for 30 minute. 
  11. Bring a large pot of water to boil. 
  12. Add the baking soda to the boiling water.
  13. Gently, add one pretzel to the boiling water at a time. 
  14. Allow the pretzel to boil until they float to the top about 30 seconds. 
  15. Remove the pretzel with a slotted spoon. 
  16. Place onto the cookie sheet. 
  17. Brush with the egg white and sprinkle with the sea salt.
  18. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 
  19. Bake the pretzels for 12 minutes or until golden brown. 
  20. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Foods.

Two years ago..........................I made Tomato Salad.
Three years ago.........................I made German Pancakes.
Four years ago...........................I made Apple Strudel.
Did you already know........................
-In the 6th century, Italian monks created pretzels to reward children for their prayers.
-Pretzels may have been on the Mayflower.
-It is believed the hard pretzel was created when a baker fell asleep and his pretzels were cooked crispy.
Whose pretzels did you like the best? My daughters? My sons? Or the first ones which were mine?

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