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Pretzel Rolls

Soft pretzel rolls lbbakes

It’s football season!  And you know what that means… good food!  I’m pretty sure I definitely fall into that category of folks who love football not for the actual game itself but for the tailgate/social setting that comes with it.  Who’s with me? 🙂

I made these pretzel rolls last month when I was still in New York on vacation, but I should probably make them again as soon as possible because they’d be *perfect* for tailgating.

Soft pretzel rolls little bitty bakes

Anyone who knows me well knows I have an affinity to anything and everything pretzel, and pretzel rolls are no exception.  I love the pretzel rolls from Wegmans, and Trader Joes makes a pretty good one too!  It was only a matter of time before I attempted to make my own. 🙂

To make the pretzel rolls, I simply adapted my recipe for soft pretzels.  And even though I know working with yeast can be intimidating, I promise these rolls are totally worth it.  Just look at how fluffy they are!

Soft pretzel roll

You can make the rolls small and serve them as dinner rolls with chili or soup (like we did when I made these), or make them slightly larger and use them for burgers or sandwiches. Either way, they are delicious!

Soft pretzel rolls

[print_this]Pretzel Rolls

Soft, fluffy pretzel rolls made from scratch.  Make the rolls “dinner roll” sized as a side, or make larger rolls for sandwiches.  

Makes 12 to 16 rolls

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (regular or white whole wheat)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For dipping:

  • 8 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 egg white
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

In a small bowl, stir the yeast into the lukewarm water; allow to dissolve about 1 minute.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.  Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl, along with the oil.  Use the paddle attachment and mix on low speed for 30-60 seconds (or use a handheld electric mixer).  Switch the mixer to the dough hook and mix on lowest speed (or continue mixing by hand) 3 to 4 minutes, until dough is smooth.   Adjust the water/flour content as needed to form a smooth, firm, but slightly tacky ball of dough.

Knead dough by hand about 1 minute.  Form into ball and place in lightly oiled bowl.  Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to rise about 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the baking soda, water, and egg white in a shallow dish.

Depending on desired roll size, divide into 12 to 16 rolls (you may need to roll the dough into balls).  Dunk the rolls in the baking soda mixture, then set on the prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes or until deep brown.[/print_this]

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Granola

salted caramel pretzel granola lbbakes

Oh, it’s been a couple weeks since I last shared a granola recipe.  Which in my granola-crazed world means I’m overdue to share another. 😉

I’ve expressed my love of sweet and salty snacks/desserts before, but here I am, about to do it again — it’s just that good!  My latest craze: salted caramel.  Have you jumped on the salted caramel train yet?  If you haven’t, you really should.

salt caramel pretzel granola

Most recently, I’ve been hooked on Edy’s limited edition salted caramel pretzel ice cream (go get it now before it’s too late!).  I’ve never been the biggest caramel fan, but if you throw salt into the picture, I’m there… Which is what led me to bake this batch of salted caramel pretzel granola a couple weeks ago.

salted caramel pretzel granola little bitty bakes

Clusters of toasted oats and crunchy pretzels, lightly sweetened with caramel sauce and dusted with coarse sea salt… need I say more?

salted caramel pretzel granola

I think I just need to say this: make this granola. It’s perfect on top of greek yogurt, in a bowl with a bit of milk, or my personal favorite, as a snack on its own.

[print_this]Salted Caramel Pretzel Granola

If you enjoy sweet and salty food combinations, you will love this granola: crunchy clusters of oats and pretzels with sweet caramel sauce, lightly sprinkled with sea salt.  For added crunch and flavor, add 1/4 cup chopped peanuts.

Makes about 3 cups

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 30 minutes

  • 2 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 3/4 cup crushed pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce (+ extra for drizzling)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a baking pan or sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, stir all of the ingredients until mixed.  Spread into the prepared pan.  Bake 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir; if desired, drizzle an additional 1/2 to 1 tablespoon caramel sauce over the granola.  Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until the granola is lightly toasted.  Allow the granola to cool completely before serving or storing.[/print_this]

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Sweet ‘n salty aficionados, welcome to the easiest, most fun holiday activity ever.

Honestly, it really could only be more simple if you bought these, but with 3490 cups of hot coffee to drink and a Sim City community to attend to (what, you haven’t been playing Super Nintendo all week?), who wants to leave the house?

Let’s talk about supplies.  The essentials here, quite obviously, are pretzel rods and chocolate (chips).

Your most important instruction is as follows: make sure you’ve got a sturdy, good quality pretzel rod.  Otherwise, you might end up with broken rods and then the world as we know it will be over.  Just kidding… unless you’re making these tomorrow (December 21, 2012). 😉

As for the decorations… you can literally do whatever you want… endless possibilities!

For this batch, I rolled (pun intended) with various holiday sprinkles, graham cracker crumbs, and Heath bar toffee baking bits.

My favorite so far has been the toffee pretzels.  Chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty… they’ve got it all!

[print_this]Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Makes 30 dozen pretzel rods

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

  • 30 pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles and assorted decorations
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chocolate chips (any flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Prepare your decoration station (!).  Place the pretzel rods on a plate; set aside.  Place the sprinkles and decorations in their own dishes.  Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper on a flat surface (this is where you will set the pretzels to dry).

In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and shortening on high for about 60 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted.  Transfer the melted chocolate to a heatproof cup or mug (the taller sides will allow for easier dipping).

Dip each pretzel rod into the melted chocolate, coating about half of each pretzel rod with the chocolate.  Immediately sprinkle your decorations over the chocolate, then set onto the waxed paper.  Allow the pretzels to dry completely before packaging.[/print_this]

Pretzel-Doritos Rice Krispies Treats

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a nice little spring weekend.  Even though we had a glimpse of spring/summer up here last month, I think it’s really starting finally feel like spring.  Birds are chirping, local rhubarb and asparagus are in all the stores, and my allergies are officially in crazy mode.

…Which apparently is making my mind go into crazy mode, because on Saturday morning I whipped up a really crazy treat.

Pretzel Doritos Rice Krispies Treats!

You just have to trust me on these.  If you like rice krispies treats and you like salty snacks, I think you’ll love these.  My mind was in easy-dessert mode over the weekend, which meant I was about to whip up a batch of rice krispies treats.

And then I saw a bag of Doritos.

And I remembered how oddly delicious Doritos brownies were.

And the rest is history. 😉

[print_this]Pretzel-Doritos Rice Krispies Treats

Not your average Rice Krispies Treat!  These sweet ‘n salty treats have crushed pretzels and Doritos chips stirred in for a goeey, subtly cheesy treat.

Makes 16 bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

  • 2 cups bite-size pretzels
  • 2 cups Doritos chips
  • 2 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

Spray a 8- or 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the pretzels and Doritos in a large plastic bag; break the pretzels and chips into tiny pieces (a food processor would also work).  Pour the pieces into a large bowl with the cereal; set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the marshmallows and butter on High 30 to 60 seconds (or until marshmallows begin to puff up and butter is melted).  Using a rubber spatula sprayed with nonstick cooking, stir the mixture until smooth.

Immediately pour the marshmallow mixture into the pretzel-chip-cereal bowl; stir until mixed well.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.[/print_this]