Well…we are snowed in today…rather iced in. A big storm hit last night and dropped some snow followed by freezing rain. Our backyard is literally a big sheet of ice. In other words- we ain’t going no where.
Cold days call for cozy food and hot coffee. Am I right or what? We had these soft fluffy pretzels at a friends house the other day and erhmehgersh were they good. Thanks Sarah for your delicious confections! So today, I decided we would make them again…it was a toss up between these or cinnamon rolls. Since of course we could dip these in cinnamon sugar topping…it was kinda the same thing right? Except that these pretzels are a cinch to make. Regardless, you should make some on your snow day…errr, ice day. They may not be the healthiest thing on the planet…but good for a nice treat. After eating them, you can do some house work…like scrub your kitchen floors. (Well…at least that is what I did…)
Snow Day Pretzels
Slightly adapted from Food Network
- 1 cup organic milk
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Kerrygold salted butter, softened
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking soda (for later)
- 3 cups hot water (for later)
- Melted butter (4 Tbsp)
- Pretzel salt, Cinnamon sugar and/or other various toppings or dipping sauces.
- Warm your milk in a pan to 110 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, this is just hot enough that it doesn’t burn your finger. Any hotter and you’ll kill the yeast…so don’t do that. After your milk is warmed, add yeast to the milk and let it sit for a few minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Add the sugar and butter to the milk/yeast mixture and stir. Now dump this into a stand mixer. Add one cup of flour and begin stirring. If you don’t have a mixer, you can just add the flour to a bowl with milk and mix with a spoon.
- Add the salt and another cup of flour and continue kneading either in the mixer or by hand. Continue adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky. You may need to add more than the 2 cups. Knead for 5-6 mins in the mixer or 10 minutes by hand (come on…you can do it!)
- Let the dough rest and rise for 1 hour.
- Near the end of the rise, mix the baking soda with the hot water in a dish.
- After rising, divide the dough into 12 parts. This will make 12 smallish pretzels. If you want huge pretzels (aka “mall size”) then divide into 6 parts. Roll the dough into long logs and shape as desired. Feel free to use your play dough snake making skills for this 😉
- Dip the pretzel shapes into the bowl of hot baking soda water and lay on a greased baking pan or parchment paper lined pan.
- If you want salted pretzels, sprinkle the salt on now.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
- After removing pretzels from oven, proceed to dip pretzels in melted butter and then cinnamon sugar mixture if desired. You could also make a cheese dip…or chocolate dip…or mustard dip…or just eat them plain!
- Serve with a cup of hot MonroePost Coffee …unless you are serving to kids, in which case hot cocoa might make a nice pair.
Even buddy liked them! (Well…that’s not a surprise)…