Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Homemade Soft Pretzels

These are really good, and HUGE! Be sure to use a greased cookie sheet or they stick really bad!

Homemade Soft Pretzels:

3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons baking soda
3 cups water
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt, or to taste


In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1 1/3 cup water. Let this mixture stand until bubble begin to form, about 15 minutes. Stir in the salt and gradually stir in the remaining flour until dough can be picked up and kneaded on the counter. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes, adding more flour if needed.

Divide the dough into 6 pieces and let them rest for a few minutes. Roll out one piece at a time into a rope about 15 inches long. Loop and twist into that cool pretzel shape. Set on a baking sheet while you roll out the remaining portions.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bring the remaining 3 cups of water to a boil and add the baking soda. Remove from the heat. Dip pretzels into the water bath for about 45 seconds, flipping over about halfway through. Place the soaked pretzels on a greased baking sheet. Brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes

Crock Pot Italian beef sandwiches

I made these for my housewarming party and everyone loved it!

4-5 lb beef chuck roast
0.7 oz pkg dry italian salad dressing mix (not the zesty kind)
8-10 pepperocinis
2 cups hot water
16-20 buns

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. heat on low for 10 hrs. Shred beef, serve on buns. Serves 16-20.