Soft Pretzel Dogs
Have you ever wanted to slow down and simplify? I don’t know why but I’ve really been feeling the urge to purge recently. I’m surrounded by too many things that occupy my space. These things also take up space in my thoughts. Here’s how it all goes down in my brain while I’m lying awake at night:
Did I take the last load of laundry out of the dryer tonight?
I forgot to get laundry detergent at Target yesterday.
I spent way too much at Target yesterday.
Why did I go in there in the first place?
Oh yeah for diapers and wipes.
Kids are expensive. I love our children.
My foot still hurts from stepping on that Hot Wheels car today.
Four Year Old Foodie has too many cars.
His brother seems to be more into balls than cars.
Should I get rid of that mechanic’s garage toy?
Nobody plays with it anymore.
I should have a garage sale.
I could get rid of a lot of old baby clothes.
Baby clothes. I left them in the dryer. Ugh.
Does my husband have clean socks for tomorrow?
What will I make for dinner tomorrow?
Hot dogs. Soft pretzel hot dogs!
I hope I remember this in the morning.
My mind is too cluttered.
I like soft pretzels.
My space is too cluttered.
I need to have a garage sale.
I’ll sell that toy mechanic’s garage.
And I did! Ahh it feels good to simplify (and it helps to make a few dollars on the side!). It is nice to simplify dinners in the summer too and that’s what this recipe is about. The concept is simple. The dough is simple. The dishes were simple. And we pretty much cleared out every last bite so the clean up was simple!
You could make these into pretzels instead of pretzel dogs. For me that was NOT simple. I will not be applying for a job at the mall anytime soon I guess. I made 6 pretzel dogs and turned the rest into bite-sized pieces. I can handle that!
Soft Pretzel Dogs
- 1 package active dry yeast, approx. 2 ¼ teaspoons
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ cups warm water, 110- 115 degrees F
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 – 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- Coarse Kosher Salt, optional
- In the bowl of your mixer (fitted with dough hook) dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Mix in flour until you can turn your dough on a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. Cover, and let rise for one hour. ** This step can be done with a wooden spoon instead of a mixer. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead – 8-10 minutes.**
- After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Roll each piece into a 2-3 foot rope.
- In a large saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a simmer over medium heat.
- Roll your dough around the hot dogs and dip into the baking soda solution for about 20-30 seconds. Place on parchment covered (or greased) baking sheets, and let rise 15-20 minutes.
- You could certainly roll your pretzel dough into any shape at this point.
- Brush with melted butter and salt. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 8 -10 minutes, or until golden brown.