Well, we had another snow day over here! I’m losing count as to what number we are on… Luckily we were able to get out and play in the 8+ inches we got! I wanted to think of an activity the girls and I could do. One that would be fun and keep us warm on this cold+snowy day. Pretzels seemed like the perfect plan.
This recipe was fairly simple, we had all the ingredients in our pantry and it made for some great hands on learning! Definitely give it a try. The pretzels were delicious giving Auntie Em’s a run for her money!!
4 tsp active dry yeast
1.5 cups warm water
1 tsp sugar
5 cups flour
1.5 tsp salt
1 TB olive oil
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup baking soda
In a small bowl mix warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand 5-10 minutes until bubbly.
Meanwhile in large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and oil. Make a well in the middle and add yeast mixture. Using your stand mixer and dough hook attachment, mix until moistened ( you may need to add 1-2T of water if too dry). Next, knead for 5 minutes or 7 minutes if kneading by hand. We did a little of both and the girls LOVED that they got to use their hands😉
Lightly oil another bowl and place dough ball in it, cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour until dough doubles in size.
While dough is rising, mix baking soda and hot water. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place risen dough on a cutting board and mold into a long log shape. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Then let the creating begin!!
The girls and I made traditional pretzel shapes but also made letters and shapes. Dip pretzels into baking soda water and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt and cook for 8- 10 minutes.
Emaline did her part and slept in the ring sling!
Once pretzels are finished brush with melted butter. And there you have it! The perfect snack for a cold and snowy day, enjoy!! We will definitely be making these again.