Can anyone resist soft pretzels? I used to love grabbing a hot buttery pretzel at the mall or eating a dozen at my sister’s in-law’s after a pretzel making party (what, you guys don’t have those?). Well, I used to. The pretzel place in my mall closed and was replaced with froyo, which is just fine but not really the same kind of snack. Plus my sister lives across the country and doesn’t come around often for pretzel parties. I’m not in on the family’s secret recipe, so it was only reasonable to make my own, right?
A word of caution with these pretzels, they don’t have the shiny, chewy outside like I dream of in a pretzel. It seems like the only way to achieve that is to give them a quick hot bath in lye. While I have no problem eating a million pretzels cooked in lye, I have trouble doing that myself (what if I do it wrong and poison myself?) and definitely have reservations about telling anyone on the internet to do so. So my advice is to stick with the baking soda bath. These pretzels are 98% perfect and it’s just not worth the risk to go the extra 2%, right?
I might be a little absent the next week. For one, I’m STILL having blog issues — anyone else having issues with Jetpack or BlueHost? Josh has spent a lot of time back and forth with tech support, but both companies keep insisting the problem is on the other end, ugh! The second, more exciting, reason is that I’m visiting my sister in Seattle. If you have any delicious food recommendations or sights we HAVE to see, let me know! I’ve been there a couple times, but Josh hasn’t been. Don’t worry, I definitely plan on stopping by the Theo chocolate factory and Field Roast!
When I sent my sister a photo of these, she immediately pointed out that I didn’t do the double twist. Uhh, my pretzels = my choice, right?
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