Friday, June 25, 2010


We made these and my kids LOVED them...actually, so did my husband. You have to be careful after boiling that you don't tear them apart and make sure you bake them long enough that you don't have any "doughy" sections. These are definitely best served warm, right after they are baked. Let your kids roll the ropes, shape the pretzels and salt them (but not too much!) They are sure to love this activity!!!

Home-Made Soft Pretzels

2 C warm water
1 T yeast
2 T white sugar
1 T vegetable oil
4½–5½ C whole wheat flour
1 T salt
1 tsp dough enhancer
1 tsp gluten
kosher salt

Pour warm water into mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the water and stir. Let sit for about
five minutes. Add sugar, oil, and about 4 cups of the flour. Sprinkle salt on top of the flour, along with dough enhancer and gluten. Add more flour by ½ C measurements until dough is no longer sticky. Knead for about 15 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover bowl with a damp towel and let dough rise for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Punch down dough and divide into 5-6 segments. Roll into a rope using both hands until the rope is about 20 inches in length. Wrap ends of rope around to make a “bow” shape. Seal each touching segment so that when it rises and is boiled, it doesn’t come apart. Lay pretzels under a damp towel and set a timer for 10-15 minutes. Bring a large pot filled 2/3 of the way with water, to a boil. When the first pretzels have risen for 10-15 minutes, put 2-3 at a time in the boiling water for about 1 minute 15 seconds. Turn the pretzels over and cook for another minute or until they look sufficiently boiled.

Put boiled pretzels on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Put in oven and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Watch closely. When top is done, turn pretzel over and cook for 5 minutes until the bottom is light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with buttercream frosting.

Buttercream Frosting:

1 stick of butter
a few cups of powdered sugar (to taste and texture you desire)
1-2 T of milk (or as want it less like frosting and more like a glaze)

Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar. Add milk as needed. Beat until fluffy. Serve with HOT pretzels.

Stay tuned...tomorrow I'm going to give you a recipe that is great for breakfast OR dinner! We love it for both!!!

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm...those look good. And I'm glad you put up a review of wheat grinders. I would love to get one and your reviews helped a lot. I'm thoroughly impressed about how much you do with whole grains. It's a little overwhelming to me, but I'm going to give a few things a try.