This last week we went to the mall for the first time in a long time. If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I FINALLY found “stretchy band” jeans for my son Connor. At the age of 5 he refuses to wear anything with buttons.
I have been looking for a year for “stretchy band” jeans and finally found some at Crazy 8. I had never heard of this store before last week, nor did I know we had one at our mall. Although, I only really go to our mall at Christmas to see Santa and Easter for the Easter Bunny. The mall is about a 1/2 hour away and we have a big outlet mall in our city. I mostly shop at the outlet mall, but may have to venture up to the main mall a little more……..
While we were at the mall we walked around and looked at some different stuff and I promised the boys a treat before we left. I really just wanted to tie them over so we could just eat lunch at home. Ian picked a cookie and Connor wanted a pretzel. Let’s just say we all ended up having a taste of pretzel and the boys were in love.
I told them that I could try to make pretzels at home……
Let’s just say once I made these they were SO happy!
I didn’t even attempt making the pretzels in the traditional shape. I will save that for another day, so I just knotted them. I also made some pretzel sticks by rolling the pretzels and just baking that. You could also make the nugget shapes which would be easy with a kitchen shears. Another thing I am going to have to try is sprinkling cinnamon sugar after the butter goes on! YUM!!!
I also made pretzel rolls out of half the dough to go with our dinner. I am still perfecting that, so watch for that recipe.
When I first served these we had cheese with them, but later in the day I dipped in a little pizza sauce and was in love.
- 2 cups milk
- 1½ tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4½ cups flour
- 2 teaspoons fine salt
- ⅓ cup baking soda
- 3 cups warm water
- Coarse salt
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted in a shallow dish
- Warm up the milk in the microwave for a minute. It should be warm enough that you should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it. If it isn't quite warm enough, warm up to another thirty seconds. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for 3 minutes until nice and bubbly. Add to a mixing bowl with butter and sugar.
- Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the fine salt. If dough isn't coming together add up to another full cup of flour a quarter cup at a time. Knead for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450º. Punch down dough and divide into 24 lumps. I made mine into knots. Otherwise you can make 12 full size pretzels if you are an expert shaper. This recipe would also be good as sticks or little bites of pretzel.
- If you are making knots or traditional shape roll them all out as thin as you can. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl. The baking soda should be dissolved. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then dip in the baking soda water. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned. Dip each in the melted butter while hot. Serve with cheese or marinara sauce.