Last night, after dinner, we made pretzels from scratch. I found a recipe on the web, cut the recipe in half, collected up the ingredients, and we made fresh, soft, pretzels.
Neatnik liked making the ropes. She wasn't as skilled with the pretzel twisting but she really enjoyed rope rolling responsibilities.
Pretzel production includes boiling in a baking soda bath. Then you put them on a baking sheet to rest and rise a bit more whilst the oven is reaching for 450°F.
Fifteen minutes in the
Sorry about the blurriness
Notes for next time:
- Grease the pan.
- Boil the pretzels a little longer. The recipe I used called for only 30 seconds total immersion time. Other ones called for as much as 90 seconds per side.
- Make more.
A plain Auntie Anne pretzel at the mall costs about $2.59 each and it is taxable. The Philly Pretzel Factory charges less, about 50¢ each but they are slightly smaller.
Ours were not quite as large as the commercially available soft pretzels and we did not experience instant gratification but we didn't have to go out in the cold to get them, we ate them piping hot out of the oven, and the whole batch ran us about 49¢.