Skip the food court pretzels and make your own at home in 30 minutes. You can roll them into any shape, top them with olive oil or butter and salt, and eat warm straight from the oven. Since it's valentines day, and I love baking for themes (much more than I love valentines day), I made love knots, hearts, and twisty rings.
You can make them yourself, pile them into a basket and surprise a loved one, bake them with someone special, or do the prep work and let your kids roll the dough into shapes and eat their creations for a snack. Drizzle them with chocolate for a holiday touch!
You don't *need* a kitchen thermometer, but if you have one, use it. You want the water to be between 100-110 degrees Farenheit, otherwise you risk killing the yeast. If you're not using one, just make sure the water isn't too hot. Your body is 98.6 degrees, so 107 degrees isn't actually that hot. If you boiled the water, keep it in the pan and wait about 10 minutes before using it.
*1 tbsp. yeast
*1/2 cup warm water
*1 tsp honey
*1-1/3 cup flour
*1 tsp salt
*olive oil or butter to glaze before baking
*rough sea salt or maldon salt for topping the pretzels (fine grain sea salt works too, it's just less crunchy)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a baking sheet with oil.
2. Combine the yeast with the honey and water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is puffy and bubbling slightly.
3. Whisk flour and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.
4. When yeast has risen, add to flour mixture and stir until dough forms- just takes a few stirs.
5. Turn dough onto a cutting board and kneed until it's a nice big ball. Tear off giant gumball sized pieces until you have 12 smaller balls.
6. Roll the smaller balls into long snakes and shape into whatever you want.
7. Place on a baking sheet and finish them with oil and salt
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the top is slightly golden. Don't over bake because the bottom is going to burn.
9. Let cool for 10 minutes or until you can't stand it anymore.