In my morbidly obese days, food courts in the mall were heaven. Cookies bigger than my head, Cinnabon rolls warm and gooey, Chinese food fried and greasy, and humongous slices of pizza. Those food offerings went away along with the 158 pounds I lost. I didn’t want to spend my food allotment of calories on junk, so we rarely, if ever partook of food court food like that anymore.
Imagine my happiness when a soft pretzel franchise opened up. I did my research online and found that the pretzels were low in fat, and only had about 200 calories per pretzel. If we split them up among our family, it made for a great little surprise while appeasing the little (and big) kids who were tired of shopping. But, they were pricey. So I found a look alike recipe online – altered to make it even more “real” tasting and make them occasionally as a special treat.
Here, for your enjoyment is the recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzels which are delicious!!
- 1 1/2 cups very warm water
- 1 1/2 t. dry yeast
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1 cup bread flour
- 3 cups regular flour
Ingredients for “bath”
- 2 cups very warm water
- 2 T baking soda
Stuff for “after cooking”
- coarse (Kosher) salt
- 2 T butter (melted and real)
1. Put warm water in mixing bowl. Add flour on top of water. In separate parts of the bowl, place brown sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix with a dough hook or by hand until very elastic. (It takes me about 10 minutes of hand kneading, or about 5 minutes of mixer kneading.) You may have to add in more flour, I almost always do. You are looking for a soft, almost sticky dough – not tough!
2. Let rise for about 45 minutes. It won’t completely double.
3. Break into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. When I say long, I mean as long as your counter will allow you to roll it. You are aiming for about 1/2″ thick or less. Wrap into pretzel shape.
4. Now the strange part – after you’ve shaped them into pretzels, dip them in the bath of warm water and baking soda. Place on greased cookie sheet. (Please grease the pan or you will be sorry – believe me! 🙂 )
5. Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush sparingly with butter and sprinkle with Kosher salt. If you like a sweet pretzel, then brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
And now, thank you to Tricia from Endurance Isn’t Only Physical for running the giveaway of the YouBar gift pack! It came yesterday and I can’t wait to try them!! Check out www.youbars.com where you can customize your own bars, trail mixes and more!!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We are getting the schooling room cleaned out in preparation for school starting on Monday. I hope I’m ready!! Any plans more exciting than mine? Diane