Thursday, February 25, 2010

Homeade Soft Pretzels

It seems like everywhere I look, I am seeing soft pretzels turning up on food blogs. And most of them reference a recipe from Alton Brown. So I finally broke down and decided to try them. Because I looooove me some carbs!! Come on, after an 8 mile run I deserve some carbs...yes?? Some salty, sugary sweet carbs? Yes??

You can find his recipe HERE on the Food Network site. The dough rose quite nicely!



I separated the dough into 8 equal parts. On an oiled cutting board, I started rolling. And rolling and rolling until the dough was in loooooong snake-like segments. Then, I did the twisting. Like this...




I lined them all up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and they were ready for a water bath! No they all aren't uniform or the same size, but that's party of their charm.


Each pretzel was dropped into boiling water for about 30 seconds, then taken out and placed back on the cookie sheet. Half of the pretzels I dusted with salt and the other half with a cinnamon/sugar mix before putting them in the oven. Into the oven they went for about 15 minutes. It smelled just like Wetzels Pretzels in here!!

I'm not really one to toot my own horn (too much), but these were fantastic!!! I can't take credit for the recipe but I can take credit for the execution, hee hee!! They were big and chewy with the right amount of 'crust' on the outside. Oh my, these were devoured so quickly!! Next time I think i'll add more sugar/cinnamon mix before baking, they were not sweet enough for me. And I'll invest in some big pretzel salt. My husband loved them, so did my kids. No more mall soft pretzels for us! This recipe is going in the keeper file!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

17 comments:

Lora Oliver said...

Oh wow! Thank you for posting this. If I make these, dear hubby will be putty in my hands.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

They look great! I love pretzels and made them a few times in the last month and am so glad they came out so delicious!

Cheryl said...

Alright, when are you moving next door to me?

Monique said...

Toot Toot...I will honk your horn,..As a matter of fact I have never had a pretzel..(well the dry crunchie ones) I will make it my goal this weekend to try this out..I will let you know how it goes :)..Thanks Mara

Sue Sparks said...

These look GREAT! I've made some once, but am going to have to make them again...thanks for the reminder! Homemade is the BEST!

wendipooh13 said...

oh my gosh your blog leaves me hungry everytimes!! these look great and my kids would love them!!!

Karina said...

Yum - I totally forgot about home made pretzels. I made them a few years ago for an Octoberfest Bunco party...and I think I used Altons recipe as well. I never thought to make the sweet version - have to go give them another try. Fun.

SprinkleBakes said...

Oh, they look so good!

Julie said...

These look super..I definitely have to jump on the pretzel bandwagon, soon!

Suzi said...

Man, those sure do look tasty! I think I'm going to have to try making those with my girls. Thanks for posting.

Julie said...

These look so good! I've been wanting to make homemade pretzels and I love Alton!

BethieJ said...

Mara these look FABULOUS!! I need to give them a try!!!
Hope your weekend is WONDERFUL!!

Gina said...

WOW!!!Those look amazing!!! Too bad I'm on a low carb diet for another week!

Michelle said...

YUM!!! I've always wanted to try making my own pretzels. I love me some carbs, too! Didn't do an 8 mile run but I did go to the gym this week so I guess that counts :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

YUMMY! Carbs are not the enemy :) I am so happy to hear you enjoy yummy treats like these pretzels! I can taste them now - salty or sweet with cinnammon & sugar :) MMMM MMM Good!

Rebecca said...

MMmmmmm LOVE warm, soft pretzels. And I just realized...I think we have the same dishes LOL!!

IamDerby said...

more yumminess, i need to try these