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Hot Pretzels by Norpro

Yesterday, I posted pictures of the vegan pretzels that I was making!  This was the second time that I’ve made these pretzels.  I had forgotten how good they were, especially HOT out of the oven!!  I simply used the recipe (Hot Buttered Pretzels) that came with the pretzel pan that I bought (made by Norpro), and eliminated the butter in order to make it VEGAN!!  I promised a friend that I’d post the recipe, so here goes!

Hot Pretzels

Dough:

2- 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz)

1 cup warm water

Baking Soda Wash:

1/2 cup warm water

2 Tbsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 500ºF.  Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl and beat by hand or machine until well combined (I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment).  Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft, smooth, and quite slack.  Place dough in a plastic bag (I just placed plastic wrap over the bowl from my stand mixer), allowing it to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.  Spray Pretzel Pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray (you probably can just use a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan; that’s probably what I would’ve done if I didn’t have the pan).

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 6 equal pieces.  Allow the pieces to rest uncovered for 5 minutes.

Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda in a shallow bowl, making sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved or it’ll make a splotchy glaze.

Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28-30″), form into a pretzel on Nonstick Pretzel Pan.  Brush each pretzel sparingly  with baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice golden brown color).  (I added coarse/kosher salt at this point so that I wouldn’t need to use butter at the end in order to make the salt stick.  You could also make a stuffed pretzel, something that I’ll probably try next!)

This is what my pretzels looked like before going into the oven.  My first one didn't look too nice, but I think I got better at it!

This is what my pretzels looked like before going into the oven. My first one didn’t look too nice, but I think I got better at it!

Bake the pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until they are golden brown, turning the baking sheets halfway through (I forgot to turn the pan, but it still turned out ok).  Remove the pretzels from the oven to a cooling rack.

Here are my finished pretzels!  All nice and brown, and puffy!

Here are my finished pretzels! All nice and brown, and puffy!

Pretzels are best fresh from the oven or reheat them in the microwave.  (You could do all kinds of toppings!!  Chocolate, caramel, salt, dijon mustard, fresh cracked black pepper, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, lemon pepper, garlic powder; use your imagination, and have FUN!!)

 

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Grow Baby Grow!! Family Shower for Baby Kiesling!

This past Saturday, our family had the blessing of showering Baby Kiesling!!  My sister Keri, is due on November 22 with their first child!  Kawika & Keri have decided to not find out the sex of the baby!  So, not only are we anxiously awaiting the arrival of the baby, but we are anxiously waiting to see what they’ll have!  My AH-MAZZZING Sister-In-Law Amy, planned the shower!!  I was SO thrilled when she agreed to do it!!  She does such a WONDERFUL job!!

Amy decided to go with the theme of growth (green/plant).  It is a theme that so perfectly fits Keri!  Amy used biodegradable plates and utensils, plants for decorations, seeds for favors, some of the food was plant based, and the water was infused with lime and mint.  Everything was delicious!!  I did my part of contributing a few vegan/plant strong dishes! I LOVE to share my love of plant strong food!!  Here are some pictures!  We all had a BLESSED time of fellowship!!

Biodegradable utensils & plates!

Biodegradable utensils & plates!

Yummy plant strong food!  Bruschetta, Eggless Egg Salad Sandwich, and Gado Gado Skewers

Yummy plant strong food! Bruschetta, Eggless Egg Salad Sandwich, and Gado Gado Skewers

More food!!  Those of you that have known Keri for a while, may know of her LOVE of madarin oranges!!

More food!! Those of you that have known Keri for a while, may know of her LOVE of madarin oranges!!

Vegan dark chocolate cupcakes!!  Amy did an AWESOME job of making them look like plants!!

Vegan dark chocolate cupcakes!! Amy did an AWESOME job of making them look like plants!!

Infused water and sparkling cider, and mason jar cups!

Infused water and sparkling cider, and mason jar cups!

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Activities!!

Activities!!

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The Kaneshiro & Kiesling families!

The Kaneshiro & Kiesling families!

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