Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Mini-Heart Soft Pretzels

I'm a sucker for a good soft pretzel. Regular old pretzels? Not so much, but a warm, doughy soft pretzel really hit the spot. Whether you go for one sprinkled in coarse sea salt or cinnamon and sugar, dipped in aioli or queso, you can't go wrong. These are made especially adorable thanks to my daughter. Who can resist a mini-heart?

For Valentine's Day this year, my daughter was brainstorming what to bring for her class. Since she goes to an Immersion school, they are trying to make it less confusing and ensure no one being left out, so they are not putting names on the Valentines. So, instead of making individual paper Valentines for everyone, she decided we should bring a treat. That's when it dawned on her that pretzels looked a lot like hearts and where it dawned on me that mini soft pretzels would be the perfect treat to bring in.

Mini-Heart Soft Pretzels

  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup and 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 1/8 Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Cup Bread Flour
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  1. Proof yeast in 1 1/2 cup water and sugar, stir and let sit until frothy (5 minutes)
  2. Add salt and butter, stir
  3. Using a dough hook, slowly add flour until mixed smoothly and it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl (5 minutes)
  4. Let rise for 1 hour
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  6. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray
  7. Roll out dough and cut into thin strips about 1 foot long
  8. Mix 2 cups warm water and baking soda
  9. Roll strips of dough and dunk into water and baking soda, minding to stir every now and then when it settles
  10. Form into hearts (flip ends towards the middle and pinch, I found it's best to keep ends behind/on bottom of the middle end) or any shape you want and bake for 3-7 minutes, depending on size
These smell so good, make a ton and reheat really well. If you're planning to make ahead, consider leaving dough in fridge after rolling and shaping into hearts and then baking them when needed. These would be the perfect treat for any party. I'm planning on making these over and over for occasions like Super Bowl parties, or Oktoberfest.


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