Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mall-Style Soft Pretzels at Home!

We love the big, soft pretzels that are sold at the mall, but they can get pricey, especially if you have a family-sized group with you.  So, I was very happy to find this recipe for soft pretzels in a Rhodes Bread pamphlet from 1996.  You know how much I love my old advertising/promo cooking pamphlets!    I always use Rhodes frozen dough;  love the homemade taste and Walmart always has it in the freezer section!  Easy to find, easy to make!  I've been making my "homemade" pizzas for my kids' birthday parties and family get-togethers for years with this dough. 
Speaking of parties, I think these pretzels (with a selection of dips and spreads) would make an interesting and inexpensive Super Bowl party event.  You could make a huge batch of pretzels ahead and then just reheat in a low-heat  oven (with a microproof bowl of water on the bottom shelf of the oven to keep them from drying out)  the night of the party!  I'm thinking...horseradish dip, a variety of mustards, hot cheese dips, some hot sausage dip for the get the idea!  Hope you're as happy to find this recipe as I was.

Soft Pretzels
(Rhodes:  Easy Recipes for Frozen Roll and Bread Dough  1996)

8 Texas White Rolls thawed
2 TBSP baking Soda

Thaw rolls until soft but not risen (about 2 hours at room temperature).  Roll each roll into a 16-inch rope.  Form in pretzel shape.  Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed and let rise 30-45 minutes.  In a large saucepan, bring 6 inches of water and soda to a boil.  Slip pretzels, a few at a time, into gently boiling water.  Boil for 30 seconds on each side.  Remove with slotted spoon and drain on cooling rack.  If desired, sprinkle with coarse salt, seeds or spices.  Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake immediately at 375 degrees F for 15-29 minutes or until golden brown.  Salt-sensitive consumers may wish to eliminate soda and brush pretzels with beaten egg white before baking.

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  1. Love mall style pretzels. LOVE them!

    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row

  2. Oh yum...sigh. Alas, we have to be gluten free at my house :(.

  3. Hi Marcia,
    I can't go to the Mall without having one of those Pretzels and can't wait to try this recipe. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thank you for sharing :-) I pinned it to Pinterest so I can find it again. I linked up right after you on Raising Homemakers. I always see your picture wherever I go so it is nice to 'meet' you!!

  5. I am going to have to try this. My kids can't walk by the pretzel stand at the mall without having to stop. I host a linky party on Wednesdays and would love for you to link this. Fluster’s Creative Muster Party

    I am a new follower and have nominated you for the Leibster Award you can check it out here: Leibster Award

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Fluster Buster

  6. Thanks a bunch for the nice comments...and the award nomination!