Thursday, September 8, 2011

Soft Pretzels

Have I ever mentioned that I paid for a trip to Washington DC when I was a teenager entirely by baking bread?  (At $3/loaf, I baked A LOT of bread.)  Or that I won a trip to Chicago because of breadbaking, also when I was a teen?  Bread is, and has always been, my absolute favorite food.  Bread is a big deal in my life.

Unfortunately, I don't bake bread from scratch nearly as often as I used to.  I do use the bread machine regularly, but it's just not the same.  I grew up baking bread from scratch and I want Trevor to learn the same skills. 

So we made soft pretzels together.  It was a lot of fun.

Mixing.

Shaping.

Showing off.

Egg wash.

A touch of salt.

Seriously yum. And easy enough for a 5 year old.


I'm not sure where my recipe originally came from.  It's probably from Fleischmann's.  They're the ones who paid for my Chicago trip and I have a bunch of their cookbooks.  I've been very loyal to them over the years.   


                                                Soft Pretzels

                           1 pkg yeast                           1-1/2 tsp. sugar
                           1-1/2 c. water                      4 c. flour
                           3/4 tsp. salt                          1 egg

Heat water to approximately 110˚ and add yeast.  Stir until dissolved.  Add salt, sugar, and flour.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Divide dough into 24 pieces.  Roll each piece into a pencil-shaped roll, approximately 16 inches long.  Shape as pretzels.  Place on an ungreased pan.  Beat egg and brush over the tops of the pretzels.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.  Bake at 400˚ for 12 to 15 minutes. 

7 comments:

  1. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!! I need to PIN this so I can make it too!! And he IS ADORABLE! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  2. I have great memories of making bread at your house during those 4-H years. I remember making pretzels and feeling like I "peeked behind the curtain" to learn how to shape them. :)

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  3. I'm sure you are all wondering: they were delicious!

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  4. I used to make bread a lot more been itching to start making some again thanks to you! :) Now I want to try this receipe, I love soft pretzels!

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  5. mmmmm.... these look delicious!! What a great tradition to pass along to Trevor :)

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  6. Oh, I'm going to HAVE to make these! Yum!!! Great pictures of Trevor, it shows me that making homemade bread isn't scary as I think it is.

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  7. He is so very cute and those pretzels look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and your stories with us Cindy. Thank you as well for the comment you left on my blog.

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