Kim & Honey Wheat Pretzels

I have a great post for you today from Kim at Treats & Trinkets. Honestly, Kim prepared this post for Pretzel Day, last week, but I was in no condition to review or post because of my surgery and the pain pills. Even though I’m running a little behind, I can’t wait to share this fabulous recipe with all of you. Kim, Thx for being so understanding about the timing and super-thanks for helping out a fellow food blogger :-)

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Happy Pretzel Day, boys and girls!

What’s that? No, no I’m not C.J. I’ve kidnapped her and am holding her ransom. My price? You have to sit here and read my babble for the foreseeable future.

Ha. Haha. Mwahahahahaha. (So that’s coming along… A lot of guys ignore the laugh, and that’s about standards (50 nerd points to anyone who gets that quote)).

Who is this terrible evil genius? you must be asking yourself. Well I’ll tell you. I’m Kim from Treats & Trinkets. You already know that I’m not above committing a felony to subject people to my inane prattle. What else is there to know? I’m a receptionist by day (blergh), but by night I’m Batman!

…No, sorry, let’s pretend you never heard that. Nothing to see here. Move along.

I’m a writer, reader, baker, beader. I enjoy semi-masochistic noveling challenges (I’m looking at you, NaNoWriMo) and making my own jewelery. I have a degree in psychology and a minor cupcake obsession. I’m an Italian-American Jersey girl, and if anyone mentions a certain benny-laden MTV reality show, I will bite you. Hard.

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When C.J. asked me… I mean, when I held C.J. at gunpoint and demanded that I do a guest post this week, I knew I wanted to take Pretzel Day. Big, soft pretzels have been my weakness, ever since I was a kid. I remember walking into the mall and smelling the Auntie Annie’s pretzels. I would crave one the entire time I was there, and we’d always buy one on our way out. Or going to WaWa and getting an Icee and a pretzel; those were the days, huh?

True story: a few weeks back, I went to Target on my lunch break, and I was craving a slushie. So I stopped at the little snack/food bar area. Of course once I was there, I smelled the pretzels and couldn’t resist. Slushie and a pretzel: lunch of champions.

There’s just something about a soft pretzel. Crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. The secret to this: boiling the dough in baking soda and water before you bake it.

That seam right there makes me irrationally happy.

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The boiling process dries out the outside of the dough, allowing it to bake dark and crisp while the inside stays light and soft and fluffy. I know it sounds like a pain in the behind, but it really doesn’t take that much extra effort. Without it, all’s ya got is a roll shaped like a pretzel.

These pretzels are best the day of baking, preferably while warm from the oven. They make a lot, so they’re great for parties. And if you tell your guests you made homemade pretzels, they will worship you like a god. So, you know, make pretzels and become a god. It’s that easy.

Because the pretzels don’t keep very well, you can freeze any extra dough after shaping (before boiling). Place them on a cookie sheet and freeze until firm, then transfer them to a freezer bag. Thaw completely, then boil and bake as directed.

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My ransom has been paid; I’ll return C.J. to you safe and sound. But I hope to see you at Treats & Trinkets. You know, so I don’t have to resort to such drastic measures in the future. You could be next. *shifty eyes*

Honey Wheat Pretzels {Printable Version}
Yield: 12-16 pretzels

Ingredients
1 cup water
½ cup milk
3 tbsp. honey
1 pkg. (2¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
2½ cups whole wheat flour
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. melted butter
10 cups water
1/3 cup baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp. water
Coarse ground sea salt or pretzel salt

Directions
Mix 1 cup water, milk, and honey, and heat until temperature reads 110°F on a food-grade thermometer. Add the liquid and the yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and let sit until foamy (5-10 minutes). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours and kosher salt. Add the flour mixture and melted butter to the yeast mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated, scraping down the sides as necessary. Increase the speed to medium-low and mix for another 2-3 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and pliable. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, 1 tbsp. at a time. Add the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a large pot, heat the 10 cups water and baking soda over high heat until it comes to a roiling boil. While the water is heating, punch down the dough and cut it into 16 even pieces (cut into 12 pieces for large pretzels). Roll each piece into a rope about 12 inches long, twist into a pretzel shape, and place on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper. When all the pretzels have been shaped, add them, one at a time, to the boiling water. Boil each pretzel for 10-20 seconds, and remove using a slotted spoon. Pat off the excess water with paper towels, and return to the cookie sheet. Repeat with each pretzel, then remove the water from the heat.

Beat the egg with 1 tsp of water. Brush each pretzel with the egg wash. Immediately before baking, sprinkle with sea salt or pretzel salt (don’t let it sit, or the salt will dissolve in the egg wash). Bake 10-12 minutes, or until a deep golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Best served warm.

Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork.com

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  1. LOVE these! So gorgeous
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  2. What gorgeous looking pretzels. These must be amazing. I love how you styled them xx
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  3. These pretzels are gorgeous!

    Oh and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. Gimme my nerd points!

  4. It’s okay, C.J. I forgive you. I had no power so we couldn’t contact each other anyway.
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  5. Haha Kim your writing is so fantastic :D
    And your cooking just as much, what an incredibly delicious guestpost!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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