Our Mini Family: Yummy, Homemade Pretzels


May 22, 2012

Yummy, Homemade Pretzels



With an entire ball of pizza dough sitting in my fridge, I thought to myself, "Why don't I make something besides pizza?" Well, on this particularly rainy day, I opted to be a bit more adventurous with pizza dough than I normally would be. And pretzels it was!
I remember in kindergarten we made pretzels out of pizza dough, and given the fact that I have grown a little bit in my culinary skills since then, I thought "why not?"

Now here is where I was indecisive: salted vs. cinnamon sugar?

I couldn't make up my mind, so I opted to make a few of both!
(I've decided until I nail the cinnamon sugar recipe that I'll stick to making these delectable salt ones!)

Ingredients:
  • Pizza Dough (thawed)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Sugar (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

First, go ahead and cover your working space with flour. Just like you would when you're rolling out a pizza.

Roll out your pizza so that it covers the cookie sheet completely (especially if you're using a standard cookie sheet). You'll want your dough to be at least 15 inches long.

Using a pizza cutter, divvey up your dough into 1 inch wide pieces.
Place your pretzel dough onto your baking sheet, and shape it into whatever kind you want.
I opted for a humbled version of the traditional, homemade pretzel. I have seen some crazy pretzels shapes before (including but not limited to treble clefs and stars), but it's totally up to you!
When you have all of your pretzels ready, you can go ahead and grab a bowl to prepare the egg. With a small bowl, crack your egg into it and then whip it with a fork sufficiently. If you have a cooking brush, use that to coat your pretzels with your beaten egg. If not, and you're cool with getting your hands dirty, just dive in with your hands and gently rub the egg all over the dough.
Now that that's all set, you can decide what kind of pretzel you want! I would DEFINITELY reccomend the salted one! It's a classic flavor that really you can't go wrong with (and tastes divine with some mustard).

Place your pretzels into the oven for 15-20 minutes, checking on them to see if they fit your desired level of golden brown-ness.
 
They're pretty cute, right?! I know it's not just me. I posted a small, sneak peek of this post onto Instagram and my phone blew up with comments of positive feedback! I would highly encourage all of you to try this recipe! It's easy, fun, and it really brings you back to a time when you were young and making these in school (except now I know that my hands were clean when I was cooking and preparing it...6 year old Cathy? Maybe not so much haha)

6 comments :

  1. I absolutely LOVE pretzels. I'll have to give these a try! Thanks for linking up to our party!

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  2. who knew pretzels were so easy to make?! I'll take 3 of those cinnamon sugar ones please. ;)

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  3. These pretzels look so good. I love pretzels but never make them because I don't want to deal with yeast. I never thought to make them with pizza dough! I will be trying this. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/05/showcase-your-talent-thursday-8.html. I hope to see you there!

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  4. Thanks, Alyssa! I just shared it at your blog :)

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  5. These look super yummy. I've always wanted to make soft pretzels at home. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)
    Michelle

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