The kids have been bugging me and bugging me to make homemade pretzels. I knew it was a fun thing for the kids to do and it is always good to get them involved in baking, so we searched for a recipe that sounded reasonably good and easy. We found a recipe from allrecipes.com and adapted it to make it a bit more healthier for us. Merissa has also been looking for a good recipe to try, so I'm sure that she will be trying these out also. Here is what we ended up using for ingredients:
- 1 1/8 cups water water
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1 1/2 cups fresh ground wheat flour
- 3 T. brown sugar or sucanat
- 1 1/2 t. yeast
- 2 quarts water (for boiling)
- 1/2 c. baking soda
We mixed this up two different ways, both in the Bosch mixer and in the bread machine. The pictures are of us mixing up the batch using the bread machine.
Place the first five ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. You can mix up the flour, using white or wheat or whatever combination you prefer. We did one batch all wheat and the second batch using half white/half wheat. Place your bread machine on the dough cycle.
Once the dough cycle is complete, remove your dough onto a surface and cut in the amount of pieces you would like. We made 10 in one batch and 11 in the second batch. If you want larger pretzels, make less pieces.
Roll each piece into a long rope.
Then form into the pretzel shape.
In a large stockpot, bring the 2 quarts of water and baking soda to a boil.
Place the shaped pretzels into the boiling soda water, a couple at a time. Boil for approximately 15 seconds.
Remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place them on a greased cookie sheet. I salted mine once out of the water, before I baked them. If you do it right away, while they are still damp, the salt will stick to them nicely.
Bake them for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown.
Enjoy them right from the oven! They are delicious.
We refrigerated our leftovers and just warm them as we eat them.
Until next time, Julie
Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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