Pretzel Dogs

There is a local farmer’s market near me and one of the stands sells hand made pretzels. I have never tasted any pretzel THAT good. Soft pretzels are one of those foods that you just can’t get enough of, especially when they are warm! The soft, buttery flavor just melts in your mouth. I have been wanting to make pretzels for a long time and I actually had everything I needed in my pantry to make them so I got to work! I made a few soft pretzels, but used most of the homemade dough to make some pretzel dogs for my family for lunch. They turned out beautifully and everyone loved them! This recipe makes a large batch. It is great because you can make and eat some now and refrigerate/freeze the rest for another day!

Ingredients:

Hotdogs (or sausages)

Pretzel Dough Ingredients:

1-1/2 Cups Warm Water

1 Tbs Sugar

2 Tsp Kosher Salt (reduce the amt. if using table salt)

1 Package Active Dry Yeast ( 2-1/4 tsp)

4-1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

2 Oz. Unsalted Butter, melted

Vegetable Oil (to coat pan)

Baking Soda Bath:

10 Cups water

2/3 Cups baking soda

Egg Wash:

1 Large egg yolk, beaten with 1 Tbs water

Topping:

Kosher Salt or Pretzel Salt

Directions:

1. If using bread maker, combine warm water, sugar, salt, yeast, flour and unsalted butter and set for the dough cycle. Once the cycle is complete, move on to step 7.

2. If using a mixer, combine warm water, sugar, salt and yeast. Stir and allow to rise for 4-5 minutes.

3. Once mixture has risen slightly, put flour in the bowl of the mixer, add the yeast slurry, melted butter and using the dough hook, kneed on low until the dough comes together.

4. Increase speed to medium and kneed until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

5. Remove dough from the bowl, spray it with nonstick cooking spray, then return the dough back into the bowl. Cover with a clean towel and place in a dark, dry place to rise for 1 hour.

6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper and brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.

7. In a large pot, bring 10 cups water and 2/3 cups baking soda to a boil.

8. Turn the dough out onto an oiled surface and divide it into small pieces (the size of a golf ball).

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9. Roll each ball into a rope and wrap it around the full length of the hotdog or sausage. Pinch the ends on themselves to prevent them from unwrapping. Or you can shape the dough into a pretzel shape.

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10. One by one, place the pretzels/pretzel dogs into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Using a large spatula remove them from the water and place onto the oiled baking sheet.

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11. Brush on with beaten egg wash and sprinkle with salt.

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12. Place in oven until golden brown in color, about 10-12 minutes.

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ENJOY!!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

I absolutely LOVE pizza. I probably eat it at least once a week. The downfall is it’s not really that healthy for you (bummer). I have been trying to eat healthier so I have been searching for a good pizza recipe that isn’t as horrible for you to eat. I came across an AMAZING recipe. This pizza dough recipe calls for honey which makes the flavor of the crust rich and flavorful. This recipe comes from Laurie McNamara (simplyscratch.com).

Ingredients:

1 packet or 1-1/4 tsp of Active Dry Yeast

1/2 tsp Honey

1 cup warm water (110-120 degrees F.)

1 tsp olive oil

1-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 tsp Kosher Salt

**This recipe makes 2 medium thin crusts or one large regular crust.


This pizza dough recipe not only tastes great, but is very simple to make and doesn’t take a lot of time!

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In your mixer bowl add the honey, warm water and stir to dissolve.

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Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

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Add in the olive oil and turn your mixer on low.

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Gradually add in your all purpose and wheat flours and increase the mixing speed.

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Season the dough with salt and continue to mix the dough until it forms a ball inside the bowl.

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Remove the dough and form a smooth ball.

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Put the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and place the bowel in a warm, dry place to rise for 1 hour.

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Your dough should look something like this. Use your hands to press the gas out of the dough and roll into the desired size.

Use your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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ENJOY!

Sticky Buns

Ok, so this isn’t your normal sticky bun recipe. It literally takes 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake. Super easy!!

Ingredients:

1-2 tubes Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup pecans, optional

1/4 cup chopped almonds, optional

Instructions:

Spray bundt pan with a non-stick spray. (I used just a small cake pan)

In a bowl, combine the melted butter and syrup; set aside.

In another bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (optional).

Place half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the bundt pan and sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Lay biscuits, evenly saved and overlapping, in the bottom of the pan to form a ring. Pour the remaining syrup on top of the biscuits and then sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar mixture over top.

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Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a large plate or serving platter.

These sticky buns are great for a simple breakfast or dessert. Enjoy!

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Amish Friendship Bread

My husband received a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter from a coworker the other day. I have heard a lot of good things about this bread but have never made it before, so this will be my trial run and you are the first to witness it!

First off…what is a starter? A starter is an old-fashioned way for leavening bread dough. Flour, water and yeast are allowed to ferment for certain periods of time. This method takes longer but the outcome is unlike any other! So now that you have an idea of what a starter is, let’s make one!

Amish Friendship Bread Starter:
The easiest way to make it is in a gallon Ziploc bag. If you want to make it in a bowl instead, there are some things you should know first. When making the starter in a bowl only use a plastic or glass bowl and only use plastic or wooden utensils…NO METAL! Any metal will create a chemical reaction with the fermenting starter and will spoil it!

Ingredients:
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)

Directions:

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture until combined.
Pour into a one gallon sized plastic baggie (or a plastic container). The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.

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NOTE: Do not refrigerate starter. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment. If the bag starts to puff up, let some of the air out.

Day 1: Do nothing.
Day 2: Mash the bag.
Day 3: Mash the bag.
Day 4: Mash the bag.
Day 5: Mash the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.
Day 7: Mash the bag.
Day 8: Mash the bag.
Day 9: Mash the bag.
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
Pour the entire bag into a nonmetal bowl. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.
Measure out 1 cup of batter into 4 separate 1-gallon Ziploc bags.
Keep one of the bags for yourself, and give the other bags to 3 friends along with the recipe.

Ok, so now that we have the starter let’s make some bread!

Ingredients:
1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 large or 2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F
In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
Grease two large loaf pans.
Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on the top.

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Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens easily from the sides and a toothpick or knife blade inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

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Now sit back, relax and ENJOY the bread that took you 10 days to make! You will be so happy that you did!

If you have any questions about making Amish Friendship Bread you can refer to a website called:

Friendship Bread Kitchen