Pretzels

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My cute niece has taken on a love for cooking. Her family has been raving about these Pretzels she makes so I wanted her to come and make them for us. They were soooo good and we ate them all up quickly.

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When I was in college doing the Culinary Arts program, we had a little bakery cart. We would make and sell pretzels and other baked goods. That was the last time I made homemade soft pretzels. When we made them, we would dip them in water with baking soda and it was all complicated. I could never remember what we did and have never gotten around to making them since. It was so fun to watch Morgan make these with her simple recipe. No baking soda water and they were so good.

It’s totally something kids can do.

Her dough wasn’t perfectly smooth and the control freak inside of me wanted it to be perfect. I let it go and guess what? It didn’t matter. Once they baked up, you couldn’t even tell.

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It didn’t matter the shape or the size. I prefer mine small and she liked them big. Anything goes with these pretzels.

It didn’t take a long time and the clean up was easy.

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We brushed them with butter and sprinkled some kosher salt on top. I happened to have some cheese dip so we dipped them in cheese. You could also dip them in cream cheese or just eat them plain.

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Have fun with it. You can even make letters and spell names with the bread. Oh the possibilities are endless.

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Pretzels

5-6 cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Yeast
2 cups warm Water
2 tbsp. Sugar

½ cube Melted Butter
Kosher Salt

1-Make sure you have all your ingredients and clean your work area.
2-In a large mixing bowl, add the flour (start with 5 cups, salt, yeast, and sugar. Mix it all together.
3-Add the warm water. You want it to be warm enough that it’s almost too hot to touch.
4-Mix it as long as you can with a spoon, and then with clean hands, mix it with your hands until it’s all mixed together. You want it to be smooth and stretchy. If it’s too sticky, add some more flour. You can also mix it all in a Mixing bowl like a Bosch or KitchenAid.
5-Cover it with a clean towel or some plastic wrap until it’s doubled in size (about 1 hour).
6-Turn your oven on to 450 degrees.
7-Once it has risen, pull off pieces of the dough. You can make any size. If you like pretzel bites, roll it out like a snake and cut little pieces. Place the pieces of dough on a piece of parchment paper or greased cookie sheet.
8-Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
9-Melt ½ cube of butter.
10-Once the pretzels come out of the oven, brush them with the melted butter and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
11-Keep baking until they are all baked.
12-Clean up mess.
13-Eat, Share, Enjoy!!!

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