Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sweet Pretzels Bring a Sweet Finish to the Oscars

Tonight was a fun night, as we spent the evening celebrating the Oscars with good friends, Kimberly and Jonathan.  They graciously hosted their annual Oscar party, which is a fancy wine, cheese and chocolate shin-dig.  I always try to up my game and bring something special, and last year it was the stuffed oreo cookies, while this year I whipped up a batch of homemade sweet pretzels.  

While I hesitated to make these at first, as they no doubt intimidated me, I stuck with them and the end result was pretty good.  The most time consuming part was carefully separating the dough into 24 equal pieces and then rolling them all out, without breaking the dough.  Since it was my first time making them, I had a few mishaps and the first 2 batches looked pretty misshapen and kind of burned around the edges.  However, after a few tries, they started looking better and better, and I even improvised with a few twisty shaped round ones that were pretty yummy.  

I think the secret to the pretzels staying soft and moist was using good quality Greek yogurt in the dough.  I also ran out of flour, unfortunately, and had to use a whole cup of matzo meal, which gave the pretzels that slightly Passovery essence - they tasted a little bit like biscuits, which was just fine by me.

Enjoy the recipe and don't be afraid to try them yourself. 

Sweet Pretzels recipe, courtesy of Whole Foods

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