Dough recipes have always intimidated me. My pie crust skills leave much to be desired and my bread and pizza dough attempts have been so-so. I never seem to have the patience for all that waiting and rising business, so I typically avoid making dough.
Pretzels changed all of that.
Soft pretzels are one of the most delicious snacks that can be obtained at any major commercial center, sporting event, or street corner in the US. (They’re also featured in one of my favorite episodes of The Office).
If only I had known that making pretzels from scratch was so easy! How have I been living in pretzel darkness for all of these years?! Not only are soft pretzels easy to make at home – they’re just as good as any of the store-bought varieties (and trust me, I’ve tried them all).
This morning, Josh and I were loafing around a bit and I decided to look into some baking endeavors. A pretzel recipe popped up on Pinterest, and Josh was so excited about the potential of these buttery dough-knots that I had to give them a try. The recipe is from The Curvy Carrot, and the only adjustment I made was switching the instant yeast to active dry using a conversion I found through Google.
I feel great to have conquered the creation of one of my favorite snacks. The difficult part will be refraining from baking and eating pretzels all day, every day. Watch out, friends and loved ones: a basket of fresh-baked pretzels is coming to a doorstep near you!