Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well and feeling festive now that there’s just over a week to go until Christmas.
One of my goals for Blogmas this year was to do some baking. I was so happy that earlier this week I ticked that off my wishlist. My friend The Han Aesthetic, (blogger/Youtube vlogger) and I made pretzels using Eat With Arli’s recipe. Her blog is full of great restaurant reviews and recipes that are pretty easy to follow. I recommend having a look at her blog if you want to cook more for yourself/others.
Anyways, onto the fun part and why you’re reading this I’m assuming – how to bake pretzels! (The Eat With Arli recipe I used makes 8 pretzels).
- Plain flour (3 cups)
- Granulated sugar (2 tablespoons)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Easy bake yeast (1 tablespoon)
- Warm water (1 cup)
- Melted butter (4 tablespoons)
To decorate the pretzels:
- Melted butter (3 tablespoons)
- Granulated sugar (1 cup)
- Cinnamon (1/4 cup)
- Vanilla flavouring (1/2 bottle cap)
- Salted caramel flavouring (1/2 bottle cap)
Add the sugar, salt and flour to a mixing bowl and it mix together.
Next, add the yeast to the mixing bowl and mix together.
Then, add the melted butter mix to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. (I found that pouring it in slowly rather than all at once helped me to mix it all together. FYI you might not even need to use all of the melted butter, you just need to add enough to form the dough).
Now for the serious work out. Honestly, our arms were aching…
You will need to knead the dough for around 10 minutes (and yes it feels like a lot longer when you’re actually doing it, but it’s necessary). Knead, knead, knead the dough until it’s nice and soft.
When you’re done, it should look something like this…
Next, put the dough into a bowl. Dust lightly with a little bit of flour.
Then put the dough to one side in a warm area for 1 hour (or just until the dough has doubled in size).
Then, twist the dough twice at the top of the U-shape and fold it back down on itself to create a pretzel heart shape. It should look something like this…
If you’re feeling fancy (like we were), you can make whatever shapes you like. Of course we made a gigantic “W” using 2 pieces of dough twisted in the centre, and a “H” and an “A” for the Han Aesthetic.
Once you’ve made your shapes, leave them in a warm area for 10 minutes to let them rise a little.
Then put them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes (or just until they become a light brown colour). Tip: Watch what you’re baking closely, I think we could have taken them out before 20 minutes.
Time for toppings mmm. Melt the butter (and if you like, add flavourings e.g. Vanilla and/or Salted Caramel to the melted butter and mix together). In a separate bowl, mix the granulated sugar with cinnamon. Then brush the melted butter mix onto the baked pretzels. Dip the baked pretzels into the cinnamon and sugar mix.
The pretzels tasted delicious. They were a slightly different texture to the softness of normal pretzels (probably because we may have added too much flour), but other than that, they were still fluffy, sweet, warm and tasty.
And there you have it – your very own homemade pretzels. I was surprised by how simple they are to make and how few ingredients are needed. Hopefully we’ll all think twice before we fork out £4 on the extortionate Mr. Pretzels… although a free sample still wouldn’t hurt 😉
Thanks again to Eat With Arli for supplying the recipe – definitely check out her blog.
Let me know if you guys decide to recreate these pretzels or other variations. Also what do you like to use to decorate your pretzels?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
God bless you!
*There are 9 days until Christmas!*
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