Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Making Pretzels

Before summer break began, I started putting together a bucket list of summer fun activities. Pretzel-making was at the top of the list. It's one of those things I've wanted to try for a while, & something I thought the girls would enjoy too. And since our outing to watch a bird banding demonstration this morning fell through, (we looked & looked at the park, but couldn't find the event), we made a detour for the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for plan B. Plus, the weather sort of turned gloomy & it just felt like the perfect activity for such a time. 
The recipe we used to make the pretzels can be found HERE

We practiced our pretzel-twisting skillz with some wet yarn & playdough.
There are tons of videos on how to shape a pretzel on YouTube. We found THIS link to be helpful. (And it was short: 16 seconds. I don't need a 9 minute video to tell me how to shape a pretzel! Seriously.)
And then the edible fun began...

My first attempt at placing a twisted pretzel in boiling baking soda water was HORRIBLE. I tried to repurpose the soggy dough into pretzel bites. Thus, the little bits that look like bloated + mangled fried fingers.
Pazely made a mini pretzel from her dough & it turned out really well! I'm thinking when we make these again, to divide the dough into more than 8 pieces, so we have more of a snack-size pretzel.

I also made 3 different dipping sauces. The first was just some leftover whipped chocolate ganache frosting, (If I didn't have the frosting on-hand, I would have made a powdered sugar glaze.), the second was simply honey mixed with a squirt of mustard, & the third involved following THIS recipe for the Saucy Sister's Oktoberfest Pretzel Dipping Sauce. It's like a cheesy mustard sauce. Next time I make it, I think I would use less mustard + more cheese. 

The girls loved the pretzels. In fact, it was our lunch. Pazely & her friend loved the chocolate sauce best, while Zoey preferred the honey mustard. The Mr. slightly coughed when he sampled the mustard/cheese sauce. Too much mustard?
These were easy to make, & fun to involve the kids.
Yay for baking adventures!


  1. I'd love for you to share with us your Summer Bucket List ideas. We are always looking for new ideas on things to do.

  2. It's always a good summer activity when it's not only fun, but takes care of lunch in the process :)

  3. they look fantastic. I have the worst luck with pretzels. The next time that I try it i will follow your post! : ) thanks for sharing.


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