Monday, March 23, 2015


I thought it was spring?  We just got a snowstorm and the last thing I want to do is drive in all this snow.
What shall I do with myself today!?  Why create food!
And there is one thing that I need to work on baking.  I would say I'm ok at baking, nothing fancy just your basics.
My youngest son loves pretzels.  I tried making them before using the boiling method, they tasted horrible!

So I searched for a recipe that used my bread maker (it does all the work) and no boil method.
Found one and adapted from that.

They turned out fantastic, they look alright but taste wonderful, very moist.  Can't wait for my son to come home from school to try one!

This recipe made enough that I will be freezing half the batch.

Here is what you need:
1 1/4 cup room temperature water
3 1/2 cup flour, I used King Arthur 
1 tsp salt (regular table salt)
1 egg, separated (yolk for mix, whites for glaze)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbs yeast
1 tbs water (mix with egg white for glaze)
Sea Salt

How to make them:
Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees
In your bread maker start by adding the water, then the flour, salt, egg yolk, olive oil, lemon juice, sugar, white pepper.  Make a well with your finger making sure not to touch the water.
Pour your yeast in the well.
Set your bread maker to the dough setting.

This setting should take 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Once your dough is finished, place on to a clean floured work area.
Cut dough into approximately 16 pieces.

Roll dough into 14 inch ropes.
Make the dough into pretzel shapes

(I tried!)  

Brush the pretzels with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of water, sprinkle with sea salt
Grease your baking sheets and lay pretzels 2 inches apart
Bake at 375 for 17 minutes, until golden brown.

Eat them plain, or maybe you want to dip the?  Try butter, mustard, cream cheese or a cheese sauce.

Hope you like them!

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