Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pretzel Instructions:

Hey there! Okay, so a few of you have asked about the pretzels so I thought I'd put the instructions here. They are actually just from frozen Rhodes dough - seriously guys....that IS homemade to me. :) HA! I'll consider a frozen Lasagna homemade if I'm the one that sets the oven, bakes and serves it.

Anyway, I got the idea from a recipe for "Witches Fingers" that I saw on a Utah show...not "good things Utah" but another one and I can't remember the name. To make the pretzels you thaw out the dough (no more than 4 at a time) in the microwave for 25 sec. then turn them over and cook again for 25 sec. Then take them out and let them sit at room temp. for 15 or so minutes. If you can shape the dough right out of the microwave you can go ahead and use it, I just let mine sit for a minute to get a little more soft. Boil a small pan of water and then reduce to a simmer. Shape your pretzels and put in the simmering water for 1 minute. This keeps the dough from rising too much in the oven making it more like a pretzel than a roll. Then take them out, sprinkle with salt (I used sea salt) and Kraft Parmesan Cheese if desired (VERY YUMMY)and glaze with a beaten egg (beat with 1 Tablespoon of water)place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 425* for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

To turn them into Witches fingers just roll them into breadsticks, and knarl up the "fingers" by pinching them in various places to form knuckles and warts. Use a butter knife to put 3 "lines" in the knuckles, then boil. THEN take sliced Almonds, paint them with red food coloring and put them in the top of each finger for the nail. SO FUN!!


Kandis said...

Uh....that sounds as home made as home made can be! If anything requires more physical exertion than pouring cereal and milk into a bowl then it definately qualifies to be classified as home made! Oh, and those videos were HILARIOUS!!!! I might have to steal the idea and put one on my blog! Your family is the cutest!

Lisa said...

oh my gosh! These sound like a lot of work, Mel! They DEFINITELY qualify as homemade, are you crazy?! They look SOOOOO good though, I may have to attempt this with the boys soon.

AD said...

melanie: how fun to find your adorable blog. love love the videos you have posted. so funny! i'll enjoy keeping connected with you through the blogs!

Lisa said...

OK, so I bought the dough. Stuck it in the fridge so it would be soft for the next day......and forgot about it. For like......a week. Then I opened the fridge in the garage to get a pop, and MAN did it reak like yeast. I never knew those plastic bags could stretch to such sizes! Amazing. Maybe I'll try again after Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll just have another yeast explosion in my fridge. I"ll let ya know.