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Monday, August 20, 2012

Make Your Own Pretzels!

We made these fun number pretzels at our Back to School Party.


and then we made them AGAIN for our Starfish Party...
(post coming soon!)


Making your own pretzels is pretty easy, especially if you get your kids to help.
Just remember to plan some time (at least an hour) for the dough to rise.


SOFT PRETZELS

In a small bowl, dissolve 2 packets of yeast (4 tsp.) with 1 tsp. of sugar and 11/2 cups warm water.

 Let set 10 minutes until creamy.


In a large bowl mix 5 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. of salt.



Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in 1 Tbsp. of oil and the yeast mixture.



Mix and form into a dough. If mixture is too dry, add a Tbsp. of water.
Knead dough for 7 to 8 minutes on a floured surface until smooth.


Oil a large bowl and both sides of the dough. 

Place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let the dough double in size, by placing it in a warm spot for about an hour.



Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

Once dough is risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.

Roll each piece into a long rope (or a snake). 

Twist into a pretzel shape.

For our school party we made the pretzel into the grade number of each child.


 For the Starfish Party (coming soon) we made the pretzels into stars.
Some long, some short, some with smiles.



In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.


Once all of the dough is shaped, brush on the baking soda solution
and place on a greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt.
    Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes, until browned.
    Watch carefully, these things cook fast!
    (It was so sad when I burned an entire pan without watching them!)


And then our favorite part...EAT!
For the Back to School pretzels, we brushed them with butter and salt.



For the starfish pretzels, we brushed them with butter and sprinkled on
cinnamon and sugar...and ate them warm!



AH (Awesome Husband) couldn't believe how tasty these were!
He was drooling for more after he licked his fingers clean.
My kids were amazed that we could make pretzels just like they do in the mall.
Personally, I was a bit surprised too.
Watch out Auntie Annes!


This recipe was modified from All Recipes.com
Soft Pretzels
Ingredients
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup baking soda
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

Directions:
In a small bowl, dissolve 2 packets of yeast (4 tsp.) with 1 tsp. of sugar and 11/2 cups warm water.  Let set 10 minutes until creamy.
In a large bowl mix 5 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. of salt.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in 1 Tbsp. of oil and the yeast mixture.
Mix and form into a dough.  If mixture is too dry, add a Tbsp. of water.
Knead dough for 7 to 8 minutes on a floured surface until smooth.
Oil a large bowl and both sides of the dough.  Place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let the dough double in size, by placing it in a warm spot for about an hour. 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.

When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.
Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape.

Once all of the dough is all shaped, brush on the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned
Enjoy!

 



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4 comments :

  1. Genius idea, Michelle! Great pictures of the kids and their grade...

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  2. Fun and yummy--a great combo! :)

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  3. Do you know soft pretzals are like my weakness? Seriously, I can't walk pass a vendor's stand or Auntie Anne's with out wanting to devor the whole place. Looks so yummy and like the twist with the cinnamon.

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  4. I'm so glad I'm following you! What a great tutorial and I know my daughter is going to love this. Thanks for posting on the Gunny Sack link party!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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