Homemade Pretzels

Happy Friday Foodies! I am reporting to you from the gloomy Northeast right now. I hope it stays gloomy for the remainder of the day. I considered taking the day off, but then I remembered I had a fantastic recipe for you today. Well, I think it is fantastic. I knew that it would drive me crazy if I had to wait another minute to share it with you. So I am going to blog and run today.

I am not feeling well today.

I’ve got a case of need to stay in bed, watch the Housewives and drink hot chocolate today blues.

And I think that is what I will do, with some deviations in between.

Since today is Friday, I have a great Kid-Friendly recipe for you today. And when I say great, I mean this recipe is INCREDIBLE! Are you ready?! Today I give you Homemade Pretzels! I have wanted to make these for some time now and I figured what better way to debut this recipe than on Kid-Friendly Friday? Next time I am going to try bite-sized pretzels with a twist. Maybe you will see those next week! These little guys are super easy to make, pretty fun to put together and even better to eat. It is a fun process that makes cooking with your little sous chefs even better than normal!

Nutritional Information:


Serving Size: 1 Salted Pretzel              1 Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzel
Calories: 164.1                                    194.1
Fat: 1.7 g                                             1.7 g
Carbohydrates: 30.75 g                       38.75 g
Fiber: 0                                                 0
Protein: 4.5 g                                       4.5 g
Points+: 4                                            5
 

Let’s get down to business. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water {110 degrees F}
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour {plus some for dusting}
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Vegetable oil {for greasing your bowl}
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons melted butter, for topping
  • Course sea salt for topping
  • Cinnamon sugar for topping {brown sugar, regular sugar, cinnamon}

Directions:

  • Measure the water  and put into a bowl
  • Sprinkle in the sugar and yeast and stir gently to dissolve
  • Then stir in 4 cups of the flour and the salt until combined
  • Gather the dough in your hands and place on a floured surface
  • Knead the dough, working in more flour if you need it. Continue kneading for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a large bowl that has been greased with vegetable oil
  • Turn the dough over a couple of times until it is lightly coated with oil
  • Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot until the dough rises to double its size, about an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 to 16 pieces
  • Roll each piece into an 18 inch long stick and then twist it into a pretzel shape
  • Fill a large stainless setel pot with 3 inches of water
  • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and keep the water at a rolling simmer
  • Add the baking soda to the water
  • Gently drop a pretzel into the simmering water and punch for 1 minute

  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pretzel to a greased cookie sheet
  • Repeat for all
  • Brush on beating egg
  • Sprinkle ½ of the pretzels with course sea salt
  • Bake the pretzels for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden
  • Brush on melted butter and roll the other half of the pretzels in the cinnamon & sugar mixture

Voila! It’s that easy! I had a lot of fun making these and Nick had a lot of fun eating them. They were incredibly delicious {way more delicious than I ever thought they were going to be}.

Your sous chefs could easily be involved with the kneading process, the punching of the dough and the rolling of the pretzels into some sort of pretzel shape! Oh, and remember, they will LOVE rolling the pretzels in the cinnamon & sugar mixture. That’s one of my favorite things to do because the cinnamon that sticks to my fingers goes right into my mouth!

I hope you all give these a try! Everybody will love helping & love eating!

Until Next Time,

Happy Pretzel Makin’ 

Pin It