I don’t cook or bake very much. And you know, one might think that I don’t do it because I’m not good at it. But the truth is, I just haven’t enjoyed doing it for a long time. 😂 I’m always nervous that I’ll mess up, even though I never have … but let me tell you, the enjoyment of getting to eat something you made from scratch is one of the most satisfying things ever.
After this pretzel-making experience, I’m so excited about trying other new recipes – ones that I will most likely share on this blog!
Thanks for reading! Please comment and tell me if you make these – or, if you’ve ever made pretzels in the past, tell me how that experience went! 😊
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup warm milk
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
Butter for brushing
Kosher sea salt
1. Mix the water and yeast into a large bowl and stir gently until the yeast has completely dissolved.
2. In a small bowl, mix the salt (not Kosher), sugar, and flour together.
3. While stirring the water and yeast mixture, slowly mix in the dry ingredients and the warm milk. Use a spoon and stir until the dough stays together and isn’t sticky.
4. Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover it with a damp paper towel, and let it rise for about an hour.
5. Using whatever workspace you have (I used a table with wax paper on it), get the dough out and put it on it. (If you use wax paper like I did, make sure it’s greased first so that it won’t stick!)
6. Punch the dough (I did it for a minute or two), then divide it into four balls. Pick one and roll it out to the desired length (mine were about 2 feet long each), then shape it into a pretzel. Repeat with the other three dough piles.
7. While letting them rise for about 15 minutes, get a large pot, fill it with water and the baking soda, then bring it to a boil. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
8. Place the pretzels one at a time into the boiling water, leaving each one in for about a minute.
9. Carefully get them out of the water and put them onto a greased pan (or two if yours won’t fit on one). Brush them with butter (or use a spoon and drizzle it on them like I did) and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
10. Bake for 10 minutes, or until they’re golden.
I hope this has inspired you to try new recipes, whatever it is you’d like to cook or bake!