Barefoot by the Sea: Soft Pretzels! (Easy Recipes!)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Soft Pretzels! (Easy Recipes!)

Of course all this snow in Northeast has prompted more baking and time in the kitchen lately!  It's a wonderful opportunity to really connect with your children - and make a mess!  But honestly, I'm okay with the mess if it results in a learning opportunity or just doing something with my girls.  As they get older, I realize that time of endless hours in the day is becoming less and less.  I really cherish the long snowdays when we're stuck inside!  Lucky for me, we got SLAMMED with the Blizzard of 2015!  We got a whopping 32 inches in my town - more snow than I can remember all at once and certainly the biggest snowfall in my girl's lives!  So, we decided it was a great time to get some baking done!  I'll be sharing some of our creations this week!
First up - Soft Baked Homemade Pretzels!  We used this recipe from
Honest Pretzels: And 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Cooks Ages 8 +
Ingredients
  • Can of vegetable oil cooking spray or canola oil
  • Flour, as needed, for handling the dough
  • Water, for spritzing
  • Salt, regular or kosher (optional)
  • Large, wide pot for the water
  • Brush for painting the baking tray with oil (if using oil)
  • Baking tray
  • Scissors or pastry cutter
  • Table with board or countertop ("work area")
  • A 12-inch ruler for measuring dough
  • Slotted spoon
  • Spray bottle filled with clean water
  • Timer with a bell
  • Spatula or tongs for handling the pretzels
  • Plate
  • Filling the pot with water and putting it on the stove
  • Heating the water
  • Turning on the oven
  • Putting the pretzels in and taking them out of the hot water
  • Putting the tray in the oven
  • Turning the pretzels over and spraying them during baking
  • Taking the pretzels out of the oven and putting them on a plate to cool

Time: After the Basic Yeasted Dough is made and has risen, these take about 1 hour, start to finish.
Tips:
    The water in the pot should be at least 3 inches deep. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat so it is simmering very gently when you add the pretzels.
    If you have any Pretzels left over, heat them in an oven or toaster oven right before eating so they'll taste fresh.
We love that these pretzels are slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside!  We made 6 cinnamon sugar and the rest were slightly salted.  So good for an afternoon treat!

14 comments:

  1. Yum. I love all yeasted breads, but soft pretzels are a favourite. I cook with my boys quite a bit. I think it's a lovely thing to do together. You can solve the world's problems in the time it takes to bake a batch of pretzels.

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    1. I agree, it's a great way to reconnect, especially as they get older and have more school/sport/friend commitments!

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  2. That looks amazing. Baking with kids is so much fun! My husband and daughter do it many days to kill the time! It's made quite an impact on her and their relationship.

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    1. Love that your hubby does the baking with your daughter! I need to get mine in the kitchen...he's more about the eating!

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  3. I suggest bagels next :-) They are oh so yummy! I haven't made pretzels before...I bet the kids would enjoy that.

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  4. Yummy! We really need to make pretzels. We have not done it in years. Thank you for the inspiration. :-))

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    1. I love how slightly crunchy but moist on the inside they are!

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  5. You did awesome and WOW that is a ton of snow. More quality time together though. Although, I'll pray against the cabin fever. I know it can get old.

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    1. I'm all for a couple snow storms but prefer them a little more spread out. It can't last forever, I don't think ;)

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  6. Oh yummy! Soft pretzels are one of my most favorite treats! The cinnamon sugar ones sound really good too!

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    1. Everything is better with a little old school cinnamon sugar ;)

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  7. Yum! I love making soft pretzels! :) I am not sure I have ever done cinnamon and sugar ones. I will have to soon! :D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I was shocked how easy they were! The cinnamon were a fave here!

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