Ah, well most of you may see the title and think “baby drool” not so! I’ve been *mildly* obsessed with trying new things in the kitchen (see previous posts). In the past month I’ve done red velvet cupcakes(dave’s sup at work), easy chocolate peanut butter cookies, almond joy cake(for dinner at the in laws, but mostly cause my father in law likes the combo of nuts+chocolate+ coconut), butterhorns (aka pastry that we brought to the 4th of July breakfast at Rose and Dale’s) and while Dave and I wrack our brains, we cant think of anything else… So, tonight was no different.
all this hoopla with my health has sent me running for the hills in search of some stress relief. Dave has lately said, “I can tell when you’re stressed out or down, cause you bake like crazy.” Yes, yes I do. Its some sort of a soothing indulgence for me, especially when I can try recipes that are new, as well as challenge my ability. This is made even better when I can do it with little distraction- like two little girls! My sister has a food blog and has got me addicted to the world of food blogging… some of my favorites are Joy The Baker, Smitten Kitchen, and Baking Bites. I regularly check all of these and tonight’s recipe came from Smitten Kitchen. I’m debating on starting my own food blog attached to this, but with all that’s happened as of late, its a little insane and not quite the right time. Check back later and we’ll see… For now, here’s tonights happenings.
Miniature Soft Pretzels!
And btw, in case everyone hasnt already figured it out, I’m a baker, NOT a photographer!
Dave, in his genius-ness(ok really just the 8 inches in height he has on me) found the kosher salt leftover from our turkey brine last Thanksgiving, so they had that classic dusting of salt, except in a much lighter way, because this was not the “Super Pretzel” salt you find in those nasty frozen packages.
In any case- these were FANTASTIC. While I finished the first batch I was on the phone with my friend Stacey, in Okla. and kept saying “I am not a good multi-tasker Stace”, but alas, we continued to talk and Dave from the other room shouted, “OH NO! THEY’RE GOOD!!!!!” Which to me, is enough confirmation, I’ve hit gold again. And I managed to do every last one of them, AND not burn one single one… a few were soggy due to the over-poaching, but the still tasted good according to Dave. Poor guy, I do not eat anything undercooked, burnt, raw, soggy, and the list goes on…picky little brat I am, I suppose.
Yep, I’d say this one is a keeper- a little laborous- but none the less, a KEEPER!!!! YAY!