I must have at least a dozen recipes for soft pretzels pinned to my Pinterest boards. I remember making them in my 7th grade Young Living (home ec) class. From that point forward I was addicted to the yeasty, salty, chewey goodness, I frequented the mall to get my fix of Wetzel’s, Auntie Anne’s or Pretzel Time. Yum!
I’ll toot my own horn as a cook – I’m pretty good, but baking is not my strong suite. Yeast makes me nervous and I don’t own a full set of measuring cups. So… I pin and pine for pretzels. Until today.
Today I strapped Miss Jax into her high chair, piled frozen blueberries on her tray, promised her a delicious snack and set to work. The process was easy, I worked from this recipe with slight modifications. It took longer than I thought, having to pause every 15 minutes to find something new to occupy Princess Impatient, but the results were spectacular. I even made my own spicy cheese sauce (not the one that accompanies the above recipe).
Flour + Butter + Salt + Baking Soda + Sugar + Yeast = Something Tantalizingly Twisted
Adding the flour to the yeast mixture. 4 1/2 cups measured out with a 1/3 cup scoop. I really need to get some measuring cups and spoons!
Just a little dough waiting to rise up!
That’s a lotta dough! Doubled in an hour.
Getting into formation.
What’s the solution to this bubbling brew? Water and baking soda.
Let’s get baked!
Fresh baked pretzels. Our house smells awesome!
A cheesey accompaniment
Hot, soft pretzel and spicy cheese – a match made in heaven.
Nom. Nom. Nom. Jax approves.
Wanna make these at home? I’ll give you a chance to win a $25 Safeway* gift card to buy all the ingredients. And you don’t really have to use it to make these, you can buy whatever you want if you win! But you’ll want to make these because they are scrumptious.
Anyway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would make with the stuff you’d buy if you won. I might ask the winner to share the recipe. I need kitchen inspiration so this is a win-win for me and one lucky somebody! Actually two lucky somebodies. I have TWO $25 Safeway gift cards to giveaway.
I will put all comments in a random drawing and announce the winners on the Yay Baby Facebook page on Friday, June 7, 2013. Deadline to comment is Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time).
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Must be a U.S. resident to win.
*The gift cards are valid at all Safeway and Safe Co. locations, including Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, and Carrs.