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!
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
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!