One thing that has saddened me most during the past 11 months is that fact that I have not been able to be with my family. In this regard, is has been an incredibly LOOOONG and challenging year.
Like so many other families with members dispersed across the globe, we have had to be creative in finding ways to spend time together virtually, and while the initial weeks were rather challenging, we were able to find and settle into a habit of short daily calls combined with weekly movie-nights and/ or cooking sessions.
In this regard, we have developed a rather different kind of relationship. Our time together is actually now more focused, as we only have these designated sessions to exchange and in doing so, we have made this space ours-and only ours, without the distractions of well, everything else.
While I am desperately looking forward to being able to see my family in person and embracing them, I have come to really relish these virtual moments.
A few weeks ago, my brother and his family and my family and I sat down and simultaneously watched the new release of Soul, together-each family on our respective sides of the Atlantic. As we prepared for the movie night, my daughter and I made some soft pretzels, slathered with melted butter to enjoy. Here is our recipe to share!
Super Satisfying Soft and Chewy Pretzel
Beautifully, soft and chewy pretzel recipe..
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of dried yeast
- 11/2 cups (360ml) warm water
- 11/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or honey
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 460-500g 3 -3 3/4 cups of spelt flour or all-purpose
- *Optional-toppings: Sesame seeds or course sea salt
- Baking soda bath
- 1/2 cup (120g) baking soda
- 1 tbs. brown sugar
- 8 cups of water
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 204°C / 400°F
- Step 2 Sprinkle the yeast into your mixing bowl (let it dissolve for a couple of minutes)
- Step 3 Stir in the sugar or honey, salt and melted butter. Mix well
- Step 4 Add in the flour bit by bit, stirring in between each addition
- Step 5 Stir this flour mixture until it becomes a thick dough. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.
- Step 6 Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Step 7 Place the dough into a bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes
- Step 8 Cut the dough into 8 equal sized pieces
- Step 9 Roll out each piece into a long rope
- Step 10 Hold each end and bring them together to form a circle
- Step 11 Now twist the ends and pull them down to form a pretzel and press down the edges
- Step 12 To prepare the baking soda bath
- Step 13 Boil the water and add the baking soda
- Step 14 Drop 2 pretzels at a time into the boiling water and remove them after 30 seconds, using a slipped spoon or sieve or spatula (The pretzels will look pale and soggy, but thats ok).
- Step 15 Put the pretzel onto your baking sheet and proceed with the rest of the dough.
- Step 16 At this stage, you can sprinkle your pretzel with course sea salt or sesame seeds or whatever toppings you like.
- Step 17 Put the tray into the oven and bake your pretzels until they are golden brown (between 12-15min).