Auntie Frannie’s Pretzels?
Home Made Pretzels
There’s nothing like a hot pretzel, is there? Tonight is not a broadcast night, no Justopia.com or Justin.tv for me, but I couldn’t resist shooting a few shots of these DEElicious pretzels I made for a snack when I got home from work this afternoon. It’s a yeast dough that you do have to let rise for an hour, but mixing it up and kneading it is not difficult if you use the dough hook of your stand mixer.
Now, here’s the inside information. I picked up a bag of pretzel mix at the store after work today. I made up a batch a couple of months ago to sample and they were very good, but I found rolling and twisting them difficult on the small amount of counter real estate I have to work with there, so I thought I’d bring a bag home and see how it can be done in the proper amount of space.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though … there’s really nothing to making pretzels from scratch with your own ingredients. The recipe follows. I’d imagine what is in the bag I brought home, aside from the packet of yeast and the packet of pretzel salt is nothing more than flour and sugar in the right proportions.
These pretzels baked up very puffy so they kind of lost the pretzel look, but they tasted DEElicious! I melted butter and brushed them once they came out of the oven. They are a much more “yeasty” pretzel than what you’d experience in a New York pretzel, much more like an Auntie Anne’s pretzel — it’s just a little sweeter and bread-like.
If you want to try a truly home made pretzel, I recommend this recipe from Gourmet as seen on Epicurious.com. It is a bit more involved, but if you have the time, it’s worth the effort to create from your own kitchen.
If you want to try pretzels the first time in a quick and easy way, head to your local Williams-Sonoma store or Williams-Sonoma.com for a package and you can be eating warm, fresh out of the oven pretzels this weekend!