Monday, April 27, 2009

Pretzel Party!

I have been wanting to make these pretzels ever since reading Laura's post at the beginning of April. I excitedly put them on my to-do list but hadn't found the time to do them yet.
Then I saw them linked again here and it got me all excited to cross them off my list!
So, today I finally got down to business and the kids and I set to work making these bad boys.

Let me just say YUMMY.
I was honestly afraid to make these, because when it comes to making things with yeast I tend to fail. I have no idea what my issue is, but I can never get the recipes quite right.
Well, I can now happily report that this recipe is just so easy to make that even yeast-challenged me was able to succeed!
Make sure you check out Laura's post and get the step-by-step picture tutorial.

Side note: I totally went for the high calorie version, but you can follow Laura's healthy one. I just didn't have whole wheat flour in the house- that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Yummy Pretzels


1 c. very warm water
2 T. yeast
2 t. honey

2 1/2 cups milk
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 t. salt
8 cups flour

melted butter

In a large bowl mix water, yeast and honey together. Stir together and kind of much the yeast around. Let this sit while you move on to the next step.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar, salt and milk. Cook until mixture reaches 120 degrees.

Pour milk mixture into yeast mixture.
Add the flour 2 cups at a time (add more if you need to)
Knead the dough for 5-10 mins
Place dough back in the large bowl and cover letting it rise for 1-1 1/2 hours.

Pull it out of the bowl and knead a few times to get the air out.
Get a fist sized amount, roll it out so that it looks like a snake (this is a very fun part of the kids!) then form into a pretzel shape,
(Check out Laura's tutorial for great how-to pictures!)
**or you can let your kids use cookie cutters to make a few fun shapes- we also made letters with the dough to spell out our names. Fun, fun, fun**

The recipe will make about 24 pretzels.
Place pretzels on cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 20 mins, or until they turn golden brown.

Right after you take them out of the oven, slather them with butter- be generous :)
Sprinkle them with salt (I used Kosher salt) and ENJOY!



  1. Aren't they delicious! :)

    Oh, and the verdict for the dessert night on Wednesday -- I'm making the cookie pie! Can't wait.

  2. i am so afraid of yeast. those pretzels look delicious.


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