Pretzel Rolls

When you live in a town as small as I do, grocery shopping tends to be less than exciting. You can find the basics, but Gouda cheese or a good balsamic vinegar? Good luck!

DSCN6440

That may not be such a bad thing though, because it really helps me budget my grocery bill. It also forces me into making things at home that you could probably pick up at a bigger grocery store. These pretzel rolls are a perfect example. And while I haven’t actually tried a store bought pretzel roll, I though these were to die for. I mean, AMAZING people. One of my favorite things to ever come out of my kitchen!

DSCN6454

These made some pretty fantastic sandwiches, but shaped differently would also be great hamburger buns or even dinner rolls. Soooo good! And I promise, they aren’t hard to make, and you will be so proud of yourself for making homemade pretzel buns!! I loved all the cheese and seeds on top of these buns, but plain or even with a sprinkle of course salt would be delicious.

DSCN6450

Pretzel Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 12 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Optional Toppings:
  • coarse salt
  • poppy seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Heat milk and butter in a saucepan or the microwave until the temperature reaches 130 degrees.
  • Add the heated milk and butter to a stand mixer with the dough hook attached.
  • Add in honey, yeast and salt and stir to combine.
  • Add in flour, 1 cup at a time on low speed. If dough is still sticking to the bottom add more flour.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer. (If you do not have a stand mixer knead by hand)
  • Shape into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl lightly coated in oil.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm area until the dough doubles in size. Usually takes about an hour.
  • Divide the dough into 4 rolls. (You can do smaller or larger rolls depending on your use). Cover and let the rolls rest for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Boil water in a large pot. (Make sure to give yourself extra room. Baking soda will make the water foam up and rise) Add in baking soda.
  • Drop rolls into the water making sure not to over crowd the pot. Cook for 2 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the rolls do not touch.
  • Combine the egg and water and whisk until combined.
  • Brush the rolls with egg wash.
  • Cut two slits in the top of each roll. You can do crosswise or side by side.
  • Sprinkle the rolls with toppings (if using) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet.
  • Serve immediately, or freeze.
  • Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin
    http://blondegirlcravings.com/2016/09/12/pretzel-rolls/

    Recipe Source: Chef Savvy

    Please like & share:

    Pretzel Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard

    pretzel chicken (1 of 1)-2

    This week I cleaned the last of the baby things out of the storage shed, and MAN, that was hard. I think I had forgotten how tiny my babies were. All those little shirts and socks and the soft baby blankets….its almost enough to make me want another one!

    pretzel chicken (1 of 1)-4

    While I miss the baby stage terribly, I am loving how much fun my kids are becoming. They have their own personalities and dispositions. M is becoming such a sweet heart and good helper, and at the end of the day we can almost visit like friends. B is strong-willed and the most friendly little boy I have ever met.

    pretzel chicken (1 of 1)

    Along with moving past the baby stage comes busy week nights and picky eaters. I try my hardest to avoid processed foods for my kids, but they do love chicken nuggets, as most kids do. These pretzel nuggets are a nice twist on the usual chicken nugget and come together in just minutes. My kids prefer ketchup, but this homemade honey mustard is such a good accompaniment to the pretzel crusted nuggets. I hope your kids enjoy these nuggets as much as mine do!
    pretzel chicken (1 of 1)-3

    Pretzel Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard

    Ingredients

    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • about 6 ounces of salted pretzels
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 eggs
      Sauce
    • 1/2 cup spicy Dijon mustard
    • 2 T honey

    Instructions

  • Put the pretzels in a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs. Put the crumbs in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, beat the eggs.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the pretzels, then into the eggs, then back into the pretzels. Place chicken on a silpat lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden and chicken is cooked through.
  • Mix together mustard and honey and serve with nuggets.
  • Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin
    http://blondegirlcravings.com/2016/04/04/pretzel-chicken-bites-with-honey-mustard/

    Please like & share:

    Taco Chex Mix

    tacochexmix2 (1 of 1)

    I have a deep respect for school teachers. The patience they have to be kind, caring, and teach our children is a special quality not many people possess. High school teachers especially. I was a teenager once. They aren’t fun. I am currently trying to stunt my children’s growth with mass amounts of coffee in hopes they don’t grow up (I kid I kid!)

    tacochexmix (1 of 1)

    You might think that young kids would be easier. They say such adorable things (I cried the day my daughter stopped calling a sandwich a “namich”) and they are so full of curiosity and wonder. Let me tell you though, that the opposite is true. The first time I volunteered in M’s preschool classroom I was overwhelmed. So many 4 year olds and they have SO MUCH ENERGY. I was exhausted after 4 hours (actually more like 30 minutes.) Props to you preschool teachers. You deserve wine-ALLTHEWINE.

    tacochexmix3 (1 of 1)

    I whipped up this snack mix for my day to bring snacks to school. I only used 1/8 cup of taco seasoning to keep it tame for the kiddos, but if you like it zesty I would suggest adding the full  1/4 cup.

    Taco Chex Mix

    Ingredients

    • 4 c. rice chex cereal
    • 4 c. oyster crackers
    • 4 c. Gold Fish crackers
    • 4 c. pretzel sticks
    • 1/3 c. canola oil
    • 1/4 c. taco seasoning mix

    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Double line a paper bag.
  • Pour cereal, crackers and pretzels into paper bag. Top with taco seasoning and oil. Fold top of bag down and shake until mixed well.
  • Pour snack mix onto two large baking sheets (with sides). Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Cool. Pour into air tight container.
  • Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin
    http://blondegirlcravings.com/2014/12/27/taco-chex-mix/

    tacochexmix4 (1 of 1)

    Recipe Adapted from Julies Eats & Treats

    Please like & share:

    Autumn Chex Mix

    autumn chex mix

    Are you a breakfast person? I am not. It takes me a few hours of being awake before my stomach can handle food. I go in phases of what I eat. Sometimes its a smoothie, then a granola bar and cheese stick. Right now I am into apples and Chex mix. Crunchy and sweet is working for me right now.

    150

    This Autumn Chex mix is perfect for snacking. Its crunchy, sweet, salty, and spiced with pumpkin pie spice that makes it perfect for fall. Feel free to switch up the cereal, nuts and fruit with your favorites!

    135

    130

    Autumn Chex Mix

    Ingredients

    • 4 Cups Chex cereal (I used rice Chex)
    • 2 Cups Oatmeal Squares cereal (I used Cinnamon flavor)
    • 2 Cups pretzels
    • 2 Cups dried cranberries
    • 2 Cups nuts (I used 1 cup salted cashews, 1 cup salted peanuts)
    • 1/2 Cup butter
    • 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 Cup maple syrup
    • 2 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

    Instructions

  • In a 5 to 6-quart crock-pot, add the cereal, nuts, dried fruit and pretzels.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe cup or bowl. Add in the syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, stir to combine.
  • Drizzle wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well. Take caution to not break the cereal and pretzels. Place a paper towel under the lid to soak up the condensation that can develop inside the lid.
  • Cook on high  for about 2 hours, stirring well every 15 to 20 minutes. Mixture is done when there is no more visible liquid. Cooking temps vary, so keep and eye on your mix after 1 1/2 hours.
  • Pour mixture onto baking sheets and allow to dry for two hours or overnight. Store in a air tight container up to 5 days. Yield: About 8 cups
  • Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin
    http://blondegirlcravings.com/2014/10/27/autumn-chex-mix/

     

    122 128

    Recipe adapted from: Averie Cooks

    Please like & share: