(I meant to post this last spring when we did this and I'm not sure what happened! So... step into my friend Barb's kitchen for a fun day of pretzel making -- and a link to the recipe!)
I'm so glad my friend Barb loves to teach us new things! When she asked if we wanted to learn to make soft pretzels, do you think I hesitated for a second? Of course not!
So, it was off to her home, where the first thing we saw entering was this!
What a fabulous table of "snacks!" After a glass of iced tea on the deck, listening to the neverending birdsong, we made up our dough and after kneading it together, shaped it into a ball. Time to cover and let rise! And that meant time to "snack!"
On to shaping the pretzels -- one shapes the dough into an eight inch (or so) log and cuts in half, then each half in sixths.
Covering most of the dough to keep it from drying out, you work with one pretzel at a time, rolling it out to a 24 inch rope.
(To do this, you have to smack the dough rope onto the counter, over and over, beating it into submission!)
The dip it into a solution of baking soda mixed with water (and well dissolved).
Then shape onto a sprayed parchment sheet. Top with salt and do it again!
When done, you have six beautifully browned pretzels, perfect for dipping into one of the four dips Barb prepared -- chocolate, butterscotch, cheese and honey mustard.
It was a super day -- and oh, so good! And not hard at all.
The recipe is available here. It's not hard and loads of fun -- hope you give it a try!