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Pretzels!!!!

Pretzels!!!!

Tired of going out to buy soft pretzels? or just thought homemade pretzels are to hard to make? Well then your in for a treat. Pretzels are very easy and you only need a few ingredients, which are.

1 package (1/4) active dry yeast

1 cup of warm water (110 to115 Fahrenheit)

2 Tbs butter, softened

1 Tbs sugar

1/2  teaspoons salt

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

2 Tbs baking soda

coarse salt

To start in a large mixing bowl dissolve  yeast in warm water.(Note: water should be warm enough to be safe to keep your finger in if its hotter then that it will kill the yeast)  Add butter, sugar, salt , and 2 cups of flour;

  • Beat until  you  have a smooth texture
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough
  • Once you made the dough put it in a bowl and cover it. place it somewhere warm for 20 mins to rise; it should double in size.
  • Punch dough down. Divide into 12 equal pieces.
  • Roll each of them to long stripes
  • Shape them into a circle with about 3 in of each end overlapping.
  • Twist the ends where they overlap
  • Flip the twisted ends over the circle; placed ends around edge and pinch under

After shaping the pretzels, put water to a boil then add the baking powder ( be careful not to add it in to fast it will over flow)   Drop a pretzel in and let it boil for one min. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Place on a greased baking sheet; sprinkle with coarse salt ( Note: Don’t go crazy with the salt like I did,  just a pinch or two will be nice ) Repeat with the rest of the pretzels.

They should look kind of bloated like this

Bake at 475 for 10-12 mins soon enough you will have these beauties dipped them in a nice cheese dip, butter, Jam or whatever you like ^^  Great for parties for just a midnight snack!!

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katKAT VERA - (view all posts by Kat)
Kat is an aspiring pastry chef. When she isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling space and time with Doctor Who and solving mysteries with Sherlock. Email her at kat@mind-speaks.com

Mmm nothing like homemade bread ^___^

Mmm nothing like homemade bread ^___^

I alway wanted to make my own bread so I had the time and decided to make it 😀

Ingredients you will need are:

3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

2 cups of warm water

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of butter (or one stick of butter) I would use unsalted butter but I didn’t have any on hand so I used salted butter I decided to not put any salt, it turned out great so use which ever you like.

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

7- 3/4 cups of bread flour

First: in a bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, eggs, and 4 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Stir enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Second: Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl (I used extra virgin olive oil but you can use anything) turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. ( you can use a bread maker if you want but you don’t need one for a warm surface I used my rice cooker to help rise it.)

Third: Push down two fingers into the dough if the finger dents stay its done if not it needs to rise more. If ready punch dough down. Turn onto a heavily floured surface; divided into thirds. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise for another 45 mins.

Fourth: Preheat oven at 350 and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown. let it cool and then Enjoy  😀

It should make three loaves I made two only cause I underestimated how big it would get lol but its very good it maybe sweet but my family fell in love with it 🙂 Hope you try it!!

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katKAT VERA - (view all posts by Kat)
Kat is an aspiring pastry chef. When she isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling space and time with Doctor Who and solving mysteries with Sherlock. Email her at kat@mind-speaks.com

The smell of chocolate… <3

The smell of chocolate...

Just because Valentines day is over doesn’t mean you cant indulge yourself  in some home made chocolates :9

Ingredients you will need:

1/3  Heavy cream

6 Tbs UNSALTED Butter

2 cup of Semi sweet or Bittersweet chocolate chips

First heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan heat the cream and add the butter, stir until melted. Add chocolate chips and stir until completely melted and has a smooth texture (note: Chocolate can burn easily so make sure you keep your eye on it.)  After the chocolate is melted  pour it in a shallow bowl and refrigerate it for 2 hours  or at least its firm. Once firm get a melon baller and form chocolate balls and roll it in nuts, coconut or whatever you like 😀 Refrigerate and enjoy last up to 2 weeks in a sealed container. Share the love and give them to a love one or a friend <3

This post was written by:

katKAT VERA - (view all posts by Kat)
Kat is an aspiring pastry chef. When she isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling space and time with Doctor Who and solving mysteries with Sherlock. Email her at kat@mind-speaks.com