Friday, July 22, 2011
We had a playdate on Tuesday and we made yummy soft pretzels with the kids. I had to dust off the archives to find this one, since I haven't made them since the good 'ol Home Ec days. I would call them easy, but with a lot of steps. It sure was a crowd pleaser!
Homemade Soft Pretzels
1 package dry yeast
1-1/3 cup warm water plus an extra 2 Tablespoons
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 cups flour
1/2 baking soda
water for boiling
sea or kosher salt for sprinkling
3 T. melted butter
Optional: Cinnamon sugar, mustard, nacho cheese, or pizza sauce are all nice toppings.
Dissolve the yeast in the 2 tablespoons of warm water. Add remaining 1-1/3 water and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve. Gradually add 5 cups of flour. and mix in a mixer with a dough hook attachment. Mix until dough forms into a ball.
Continue to knead ball until smooth. Pinch off dough into golf ball sized chunks. Roll the dough into a long snake. Twist into a pretzel shape.
Lower the pretzel into the soda water and allow to boil for 30/60 seconds (or until it floats.) Remove from water and place on a greased cookie sheet. Spread with melted butter and top with salt, if desired.
One of the products we would distribute were these little recipe booklets from Jackie Ganaway. They were inexpensive and had good, tested recipes in them. One book, "Lookie, Lookie, It's Going to be a Cookie!" had 50 recipes to make cookies out of cake mixes.
Our favorite is the Chocolate Cookies. They are the EASIEST cookie EVER! The batch makes about 30 cookies, and we only have 9 left. 'nuff said. :-)
Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
1 box of devil's food cake mix
1/3 cup oil
sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together and form dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes until puffed and crackled. Cool on a tray.
Makes approx. 30 cookies.