When Trapped Indoors, Bake! #Blizzard2016


For three days, I was confined indoors like all Washingtonians awaiting for blizzard Jonas to pass through the area. Thankfully, power held steady throughout the storm. After catching up on my Netflix queue, I itched to move, do something productive.

Opening up another internet tab, I went to my favorite cooking website — Allrecipes.com. It is seriously the best place to find simple but delicious recipes. The website has a handy search tool that allows you to specify which ingredients you want to include and which ones you don’t. Given that I couldn’t run out to the store to buy more milk, the search bar saved me time and disappointment. There’s nothing worse than having every ingredient besides one or two that cannot be substituted.

Browsing the website, I came across a soft pretzel recipe that was straightforward and had high marks. The recipe called for flour, sugar, yeast, warm water, oil, and salt. For the most part, I followed the recipe but cut the flour down from five cups to three and a half.

After mixing the ingredients together and letting it rise, I divided the dough into 12 pieces and rolled them out until they were about a foot long and as thick as a finger. Twisting the dough into a shape of a pretzel, I dipped them in a baking soda and water solution for about one minute on each side before placing them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Eight minutes later and ta-da! Golden, soft pretzels.

These pretzels were so yummy, and I’m going to make them an appetizer for my birthday party this year. I know my friends will love these little treats.

For the recipes, please visit: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24272/buttery-soft-pretzels/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=16220&referringContentType=global%20nav