Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's cookin' Wednesday: Pretzel Bread!

I love soft pretzels! There's something magical about the warm chewy dough encased in crunchy rock salt. It warms your soul and pleases the tummy. After spending a small fortune  at the mall enjoying a soft, salted pretzel with my friend, I decided that there had to be a way to enjoy them from home for a fraction of the price! As always, Pinterest pulled through with a delicious recipe that is now on our family's "hit list."

A batch of warm delicious pretzel bread fresh from the oven!

This recipe begins by warming 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of butter  in a sauce pot on the stove. After the milk is warm ( not hot, hot liquids kill yeast) add in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt,and one packet of rapid-rise yeast. Then you simply add in enough all-purpose flour to form a tacky dough (approximately 2-3 cups). After covering the dough and allowing it to rise for an hour, prepare a boiling water bath of 3/4 cup baking soda dissolved in 3 quarts of water. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, in the mean time form your dough into your desired shape (traditional pretzel, pretzel buns, or pretzel bites). Place your dough in boiling solution for one minute on each side. Place dough on a greased baking sheet, brush tops with an egg wash , and top with coarse salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Check out the original recipe at .

This pretzel bread is soooo delicious! I always make a couple extra rolls so we can enjoy them hot from the oven with some butter. Yum!

This bread makes delicious hamburger buns. In fact, I haven't bought prepackaged hamburger buns since discovering this delectable treat. Pictured above is a yummy "inside out burger" stuffed with sliced bacon and cheddar cheese. These burgers are extra delicious because I use a flavorful seasoning blend that I found online at . This seasoning truly takes your burgers to the next level, check it out and give it a try!

Who needs to go to Sonic for a pretzel dog, when you have this little gem on hand? Pictured above are some delicious pretzel dog bites that I made for dinner last night! They were especially amazing  with some homemade honey mustard sauce for dipping. These would make great little appetizers or  something easy to take for a potluck dinner. Also these freeze well and are great to have on hand for lazy days or a quick pick for school lunches!

I hope you enjoy this pretzel bread as much as we do. It's super versatile and definitely delicious! Hope your Wednesday was wonderful! 

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