#FoodieExtravaganza: Pretzels

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This month’s #FoodieExtravaganza is celebrating Pretzels! The Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you. But in this case, our host Lauren of From Gate to Plate also suggested a bonus ingredient of caramel.

I’ve always been afraid of making pretzels. Yes, I’ve featured a pretzel recipe on Sew You Think You Can Cook before, but it didn’t involve the boiling on baking soda water step. This time, I wanted to do a more traditional recipe. I turned to my friend Tara’s blog Tara’s Multicultural Table and picked between her pretzel rolls and her pretzel bread. Now that Tara and I have both left the Florida panhandle for different parts of the country I won’t get to sample her baking! This means I’m going to have to make it myself! Cue the crying and whining.

With a secondary ingredient of caramel, I knew I wanted to make a dipping sauce so I made Tara’s rolls. These turned out great! Mine aren’t as pretty as hers are, but they’re just as delicious.

Adding to my list of new kitchen endeavors, I’d also never made caramel! I’ve melted prepared caramel candies before, but this time I started from brown sugar. I know there are more complicated version of making caramel, but this easy one from The Pioneer Woman was a great place to start.

Pretzel Rolls with Caramel Dipping Sauce

Ingredients for rolls:

  • 1 1/2 C warm (105-115 degrees F) water
  • 1 pkt (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 Qt water
  • 2/3 C baking soda
  • egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water)

Ingredients for caramel:

  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Steps for rolls:

  1. Sprinkle yeast over the warm water. Let sit one minute before stirring gently to combine. Set aside ten minutes, until yeast water mixture is frothy.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. Knead in the melted butter and yeast mixture until smooth and dough clings to the dough hook.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise one hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. Bring 2 1/2 Qt water and baking soda to a boil.
  7. Divide pretzel dough into twelve balls.
  8. Boil pretzel dough balls one at a time for 15 seconds on each side. Remove to a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Cut two slits in each roll.
  9. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Steps for caramel:

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, and butter. Once butter melts cook stirring constantly for 8 minutes until thick.
  2. Stir in vanilla and cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Let cool before placing in a jar and keeping in refrigerator.

*The pretzel recipe is adapted from Tara at http://www.tarasmulticulturaltable.com/silserli-swiss-pretzel-rolls/ and the caramel recipe is adapted from Ree at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/easy-caramel-sauce-recipe.html *

Pretzel Rolls with Caramel Dipping Sauce

Be sure to check out these other pretzel recipes:

Apple Cinnamon Pretzels with Creamy Caramel Dip  from Rebekah at Making Miracles

Apple Pie Stuffed Pretzel Bites with Caramel Dipping Sauce from Lauren at From Gate to Plate

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pretzels from Cindy at Cindy’s Recipes and Writing

Caramel Apple Pretzels from Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm

Cheese Stuffed Soft Pretzels from Stacy at Food Lust People Love

Chili Cheese Pretzel Bites from Ashley at The Recipe Rebel

Cinnamon Raisin Soft Pretzels from Heather at girlichef

Hopped Up Pretzel Bites with Beer-Gouda Dip from Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Marble Chocolate Dipped Pretzels  from Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings

Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bites from Emily at It Bakes Me Happy

Soft Pumpkin Pretzels from Alexis at We Like to Learn as We Go

Soft Pretzel Cinnamon and Sugar Sticks from Ashlee at Ashlee Marie

Sourdough Pretzels from Kelly at Passion Kneaded

Spicy Cheddar and Jalapeño Pretzel Bites from Kimberly at Rhubarb and Honey

Sun Dried Tomatoes and Cheese Soft Pretzels from Rachael from Eazy Peazy Mealz

 15 Pretzel Recipes via Foodie Extravaganza

We hope you all enjoy the delicious ways we made our pretzels and be sure to come to see what next month’s new ingredient is.

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CIC: Mustard & Strawberries

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It’s that time of month for another Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  With the business of the holidays I sat out during December and January and I’m glad to be back this month.

This month we were assigned Mustard and Strawberries. The challenge is to combine sweet strawberries with vinegary mustard. I decided to be liberal with the mustard ingredient and use honey mustard. Stuart wondered if strawberries could be pickled in a way to compliment yellow mustard. But I liked my idea better.

I present to you Strawberry Pretzels with Sweetened Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

I chose to follow Hannah’s recipe for pretzels because I could completely connect with her blog post. The trick was adding in strawberries. I was really nervous about this part. You can’t just fold them at the end of the dough making process like you would pancakes or cookies, so I added them during the kneading process and hoped for the best. I tried researching how to add fruit to pretzels and found absolutely nothing. So I tried looking for adding chocolate chips to pretzels, again nothing. I think I’m starting a trend here!!

How to pretzel

Strawberry Pretzels with Sweetened Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Ingredients for Pretzels:

  • 1 (1 oz) packet  active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar in the raw pure cane sugar
  • 1 1/4 C warm water
  • 2 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 C finely chopped strawberries
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted, divided use

Ingredients for Sweetened Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 C honey mustard
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • heaping 1/4 tsp honey

Steps:

  1. In the bottom of a stand mixer gently stir together yeast, sugar, and warm water.  Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1 1/2 C of flour to the yeast begin to stir with the dough hook attachment on low speed. Add 1/3 C of strawberries and stir. Add salt, remaining flour and strawberries. Mix until the dough comes together around the hook.
  3. Cover and let dough rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Punch dough and transfer it onto a floured surface, divide into six equal parts. (I think you could even get 8 pretzels if you wanted!) Roll dough into a long snake and shape into a pretzel – do this by making a heart and twisting the ends. (see photos above)
  6. Place pretzels on parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush with 2 tbsp melted butter and bake 10 minutes.
  7. Turn on broiler and bake another 1-5 minutes until golden brown. Keep an eye on them, the timing will depend on your oven. Brush with remaining 1 tbsp butter and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  8. Make dipping sauce by whisking all three ingredients. Serve with pretzels.

Strawberry Pretzels

To see the other bloggers who participated in this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge click on the link below.

Mustard Pretzel Popcorn

When many people think football, they think pretzels! Pretzels with beer, pretzels wrapped around hotdogs, and pretzels with mustard.

This popcorn recipe also comes from Food Network Magazine’s January/February 2014 booklet of 50 Flavored Popcorns. The recipe I present to you is the one from Food Network. But I highly suggest reducing the amount of liquid, or maybe popping (see what I did there?) the mixture in the oven for a few minutes. I found that the final result was a bit soggy for my preference. I did break small pretzels sticks in half as that’s what I already had in my pantry, maybe actual small pretzels would have enough surface area to help absorb the butter-mustard mixture.

Mustard Pretzel Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • canola oil, enough to coat bottom of pot
  • 3/4 C popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 C small pretzels

Steps:

  1. Put canola oil in pot along with 2-3 kernels of popcorn. Cover and stand by. Once you hear the kernels pop, add the 3/4 C of popcorn. Cover and cook over medium heat until popping slows. Gently shake the pop during the popping process so as not to burn the popcorn at the bottom. Remove from heat and remain covered until popping has ceased, unless you want to be pelted with popcorn. (If you have another method of popping popcorn, feel free to use it.)
  2. Whisk together melted butter, mustard, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl mix popcorn and pretzels. Toss with butter-mustard.

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