Saturday, January 19, 2008

Homemade Soft Pretzels

When you have four kids, your house seems so quiet and calm when two of them are gone. Thursday night was ski club for my oldest two, and my husband went with them, so I decided to make some homemade soft pretzels since I had some free time. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law years ago. They came out great, so I decided to try them again. Rolling out each pretzel did take some time, but if you have your kids help, it could go a lot faster. They might even enjoy doing it!

Pretzels Recipe:

1 1/4 cups water (room temperature)
1/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Combine ingredients into bread machine. Set on dough cycle.

Next, place dough on floured surface and divide into 4 parts. Divide those four parts into six pieces.

Roll each piece into a rope about 18 inches. Shape the rope into a circle, overlapping about 4 inches from the end. Twist the ends where dough overlaps. Lift the ends across to the opposite edge of the circle. Moisten and press ends to seal. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Let rise uncovered until puffy, about 20 minutes.

In a 3 quart saucepan, bring 2 quarts water and 1/3 cups baking soda to boil. Simmer a few at a time for 10 seconds on each side.

Place on greased cookie sheets. Brush with egg white. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425' for 12 minutes until browned. Remove from cookie sheets and serve with mustard or cheese sauce.

My kids loved them. They were very happy to find these after a day of skiing.

On other notes, I'm going to change my blog layout this weekend! Leslie reminded me of this when she asked me how my resolutions were going. I looked at my list and decided now is the time. My sister is in town this weekend, so she is going to help me hopefully tomorrow. I definitely need a change. She's also trying to convince me to show pictures of my family. I'm thinking about it. Check back soon to see my change!


Kitty said...

Snap! I'm bored with how my blog looks too - I'll be changing it tomorrow I think! Have fun. x

Amy said...

those pretzels look good. i need to change my layout too. i have been mulling it over for way to long now. i just need do it. have a great weekend!

Melissa said...

Sounds yummy! I wish I still had my bread maker.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

My recipe for pretzels? Get in car, drive to mall, stand in line, hand over $3.00, and eat Auntie Anne's. Your probably tastes better, but mine requires much less cleanup. ;-)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

My kids love making silly shapes when we make pretzels. I love putting out a tons of dipping sauces for them (I'm all about the condiments!).

I can't wait to see your new layout.

Lester R.N. said...

Your pretzels looked so tasty!!! I always thing change can be good! I bet your blog will look great. I just learned about blogging and will wait to change mine around until I get more comfortable. Have good Sunday. Enjoy the time with your sister.

Deb in OPKS said...

I'm with Burgh Baby's Mom. I'd probably strangle my kids before the pretzels were done then none of them would eat them! They prefer the hard kind. But it's a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing your new design. I'm not ready to change mine yet. Someday when I'm rolling in dough (ha!) I might buy a layout from e-bay specifically designed for me. I'm not capable of handling all that html myself.

I know what you mean about the kids pics. I debated and chose to show them, but don't use their names.

Leah said...

THOSE LOOK SO YUMMY!!!! I'm wishing I had the correct ingredients right now so I could get started!!!!

Lisa said...

Can't wait to see the new blogcoif! &:o) I'm reading your pretzel recipe on Septuagessima Sunday and realizing how close we are to Lent all of a sudden!

Mary said...

Those look yummy!
Do you have to have a bread machine in order to use that recipe?

Karen said...

Those look so good! But I love the first line. I know exactly what you mean.

And remember way back when you had two kids, and thought life was hectic? Bwahahaha!

MAGIRK said...

OOOOOH, that looks SO delicsh!!!

Thanks for the recipe. :)

GrandmaK said...

I do love pretzels!!! They look they taste good too!!! Cathy

Jennifer said...

those pretzles look good. If I ever get a moment of free time, I may make them with the kids this weekend.

Mary said...

Oh my goodness - those look so yummy!! I can't wait to try them! My kids love soft pretzels! Thanks.

Anna said...

I need to try these! My kids love soft pretzels, but we only have them once in a while because I don't like buying them. This would be much better.

Shellie said...

Wow, that looks good! Thanks!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I cant wait to try this recipe. My dd loves pretzels. She will be so surprised. I think i will try this over spring break.

Groovewoman said...

Okay this is an AWESOME idea and I am SUCH a HUGE Pretzel fan, I am sooo excited about this recipe. I found your site via a link on!

I can not WAIT to make these. You just have no idea. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing this great recipe!