Time For A Treat – Soft Buttery Pretzels

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I had to use my computer’s camera because mine is on a little vacation – I know these pics are rough but you get the idea!

You know those places at the mall that sell amazing pretzels?  The ones that taste all plump and yeast-y and just soooooooo stinkin’ good?  (You know the ones!)  Well, I think I’ve got them beat!  These taste just about as good, and are a fraction of the cost.  The only problem is you have to roll your sleeves up and do the work yourself, but I promise they’re worth it . . . they’re that good!

And guess what makes them even a little better?  All these ingredients are probably sitting right in your pantry, just waiting for you to come and mix together for a special treat!  If you really want to get fancy you could even make them in the shapes of your kids initials, or smiley faces :), or. . . . well, anything, I guess!  My kids devoured each and every bite and would have eaten them for dinner if I let them.  (I confess, my hubby was gone at dinner time so I did eat them for dinner . . . who needs protein or veggies when you can get warm-yummy-yeasty-dough?)

Here’s what you’ll need . . .

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
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  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping
  • Combine yeast and 1 tsp. sugar in small bowl.  Add to warm water, then let yeast activate, about ten minutes.  Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Once yeast mixture has sat ten minutes and is bubbly, make well in center of dry ingredients and add to bowl.  Mix well, adding 1-2 tablespoons water if necessary to form dough (I had to add about 4 tablespoons water to get it to the right consistency.)  Knead dough about eight minutes, then place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm place to rise for about an hour.

    Once dough has doubled, roll out into 10-12″ long strips, and fold into pretzel shapes.  Mix together baking soda and water, dip pretzel into baking soda water, and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.  Bake at 450 for 8-9 minutes.  Dip in butter, cinnamon sugar, or any desired toppings, and enjoy.  YUMMMMMM!!!

    Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom, thanks for the opportunity to link up!

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    Comments

    1. OMG those sound delicious!!!!

      • Thanks Patti – they really are pretty amazing! Who knew we could do that right in our own kitchen? And how come I pay so much for them???

    2. Cheryl Morrow says:

      Sorry, I wrote my comment so fast I didn’t realize how I came across. My two year old had just sprayed down my kitchen with her sippy cup, including my non-removable door blinds.

      My point was, you’re super mom! How do you find time to make homemade goodies, run a website, take care of your family and everything else? I can barely find time to brush my teeth every day. I really need to pay more attention to your organization tips. :-)

      • Oh Cheryl – if you only knew! This website thing is a little crazy, and I’m not sure how long I can keep it up! I constantly push my kids off of me (I hate that!), and just when I think for a MOMENT that I have it together, my three year old grabbs an ENTIRE GALLON OF WHITE PAINT, OPENED IT, AND DIPPED THE ENTIRE ROLLER IN! I caught her just before she completely painted the wall and carpet (only a few streaks remain . . . )

        What is it about 2-3 year olds to make their mommas give up everything – and spray things on the wall/blinds/EVERYWHERE??? :) I don’t know if any of us EVER feel like we’ve got it together!

    3. My dad used to make these when I was a little girl and I loved them. I would ask for them all the time but was only successful at getting him to make them every once in a while. I think I am going to make them and surprise him with them (if the kids and I don’t eat them all first). Thank you for bringing back a great memory.

    4. How sweet Jenny! Any dad who bakes pretzels is a pretty good dad! :) I hope your family enjoys them.

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