2.01.2011

Knead It Monday: Eat your heart out, Auntie Anne's!


I hope that you are steadfast in your New Year's resolution to exercise, because this week, I made a snack that will CHANGE.YOUR.LIFE. In fact, it's so good, I'm going to lift the recipe out of the book and give it to you!

I have this Reader's Digest book called Homemade. It's full of all sorts of recipes for cleaning agents, condiments, and beauty products-- made from ingredients you most likely already have in your house. It's a fun read for anyone interested in frugality!

The book also has a section on making your own "fast foods and snacks". One of the first recipes is for delicious, homemade pretzels.


Someone actually beat me to violating copyright laws and putting it on the web, so here's the link to the recipe, should you want to make it. And trust me, you want to make it.

This recipe only makes six pretzels. Look how small a ball of dough it produced!



One nice thing about this recipe is that it only rises once. After you punch down the dough, divide it into six pieces and let the fun begin!



I did the obligatory traditional pretzel shape, but I couldn't resist getting a little creative.







Just in case there was some confusion over who got which pretzel. :-D

Before you put the pretzels in the oven, you need to brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. I used coarse kosher salt, and it turned out beautifully. You can easily overdo it with the salt, so be careful! I also got adventurous and sprinkled a couple pretzels with onion powder. Best.decision.EVER!

When I bit into the first one hot from the oven, I was simultaneously sad that I didn't make like 200 more, and thankful that I didn't.


Hooray! So here is proof that I can actually make bread. Now go and make some pretzels.

3 comments:

  1. Those do look great! I got together with a friend a couple of months ago and made some like that. She wasn't on a sugar-free year, so we did some with salt and some with cinnamon/sugar. I'll bet onion powder would taste great too. Since we're snowed in here, maybe I'll try it... After I get done with the cookies, that is. :)

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  2. After seeing this post and a little plastic pretzel in the baby's food toys, I was inspired to make homemade pretzels too. Yum! I made them from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, which required boiling (like for bagels), but they were so good. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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