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Soft Pretzels and Cheese Sauce

29 May

Happy Thursday everyone!

It’s Summer vacation!!! And that means loads of time at home with the kiddos. So what do you do with all that extra time with the kids? Start baking things that they can help with of course!

So yesterday afternoon we made these yummy soft pretzels and cheese sauce. These are super easy to do and the kids can help roll them out and shape them.

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So without further adieu I bring you-

how to make soft pretzels with cheese sauce.

To make these you will need:

For the pretzels:

1 pkg yeast- or 2.25 tsp bread machine yeast- in the jar

1 c water heated to 110°- 115°

2 tbsp. butter- melted

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

2 c flour + enough flour to make a soft dough

1/2 tsp salt

For the cheese sauce:

8 ounces velveeta

8 ounces cream cheese

1- 2 tbsp. milk

And here’s how to make them:

First heat your water to 110°-115°- too warm will kill your yeast,  too cold won’t activate it:

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Then add your yeast to the water:

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While that is sitting mix together the butter, sugar, salt, and 2c of flour in a medium sized bowl:

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Then add your yeast water to the flour mixture:

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Stir well:

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Then knead in enough flour to form a soft dough:

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Then you want to take some oil- I use evoo, and add a small amount to a bowl. Coat the entire bowl with the oil:

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Then put your dough into the bowl and coat all sides of the dough with the oil.

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Then cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place till doubled in size- about 20 minutes:

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Then punch down your dough:

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Divide your dough into 12 pieces- try to keep them close to the same size:

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This is where I got the kids involved. Either you or your helpers need to roll each piece of dough into “logs” about 15 inches long or so:

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Once you have all your dough rolled, you are going to want to start some water for the boil step. You’re going to need 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Just mix them together in a pot and put on to boil:

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While your water is boiling, go back to shaping your pretzels. First make a “U” shape with your dough:

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Then double twist the ends:

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And then just bring the ends back down and slightly pinch the bottoms to keep the shape:

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Once your water is boiling you want to carefully drop one or two pretzels in at a time and boil them for only a minute each:

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Once all of your pretzels have been boiled you want to create an egg wash to baste each pretzel with:

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Then you want to spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray- you see here that I used some parchment paper, DONT- I didn’t pay attention and apparently parchment only works in an oven up to 420°, and your oven needs to be set to 475°. so whatever you do don’t use parchment under your pretzels. If you have a silpat you can probably use it safely though.

Once you have your egg wash on all the pretzels sprinkle them with some coarse salt. The amount is all based upon personal preference:

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Then you want to bake them at 475° for 10 to 12 minutes. If you have more than one sheet of pretzels you want to bake them for 6 minutes and then rotate the trays so that you can get an even bake on all your pretzels:

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They will be a nice golden brown when they are finished:

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Now every pretzel needs a nice cheese sauce right? So to make your cheese sauce you will need:
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Velveeta 8 ounces and Cream Cheese 8 ounces.

Simply put them in a microwave safe bowl, and on 1 minute increments melt and stir after every time. It will look like this when done:

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Then add 1- 2 tbsp. of milk and stir till smooth. The amount of milk will vary depending on how creamy your sauce is, and how creamy you want it to be:

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And that’s it. Super easy, and a fun activity for the kids all at the same time:

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So if you are looking for a nice snack that you can make with the kids, or without the kids, look no further than these night soft pretzels and cheese sauce.

Until next time,

Happy baking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Recipe of the week

 

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