I’m officially one week out from the 38th Marine Corp Marathon and I’m trying to make smart food and hydration decisions at this point – which I must say is really hard as this taper has me so hungry I could eat my own arm! EATALLTHEFOOD!!!
Normally on Sunday I go to a local restaurant/bar to watch my Colts football game as they aren’t usually on TV around here. However, with Peyton returning to Indy in a prime time match there is no need for me to go out. I am still giving myself permission to enjoy my Sunday football food treat – I am just doing it a bit smarter. Instead of eating one of my bar favorites, Pepperjack Cheese Stuffed Pretzels, I decided to make my own at home.
I found a great homemade soft pretzel recipe that looked easy enough I could follow it. I must admit I was a bit worried because I have never made any breads so the yeast, kneading, and rolling out worried me a lot.
What I learned – If I can do it you can do it! My pretzels may not be beautiful works of art, but wow are they good! (Trust me I am currently snacking down on number two. Looks like a carb filled dinner.)
Find the full recipe and tips here: homemade soft pretzel recipe and read on for my tips.
Flour the counter really well.
I was worried about making a mess and didn’t use enough – well I made a mess any way and my dough just stuck to the counter.Rolling them out was not going well. Then I remembered I see the people at the mall place holding both ends and swinging them like a jump rope through the air, this actually worked way better for me than rolling them. I tried using wax paper because I was out of parchment paper, bad decision. They stuck and were hard to get off. (That’s what she said.) I know it doesn’t seem like it will be, but one egg is enough to dunk all the pretzels in. I promise. Roll the dough out thinner than you think you need. This should make 8-10 pretzels. If you don’t roll the dough out thin enough they end up very blob like. Don’t worry though, this bad boy was one delicious pretzel blob.
Overall I was shocked I was able to make soft pretzels. Were they all beautiful? – No.
Were they all delicious? – Yes!
Go check out and try this super simple, homemade soft pretzel recipe for sure. (If you are anything like me you may want to plan an hour instead of the 30 minutes it suggests.)
Have you ever tried your hand at homemade pretzels?
Do you bake homemade breads?