Alton Brown's Soft Pretzel


Alton Brown's Soft Pretzel


I love you the most ...Mom.

6 words that tugged my heart...  those 6 words uttered, breathe the much needed O2 to fill up my lungs and my head.

Just when I thought I was way over, having to deal with tantrums, Terrible 2's, soldiered on ...ten plus few years ... another set of emotional roller coaster ride, looked me in the eye... TEENS (and their raging hormone).

I once asked ; "Why is it teen (aka you) love to argue/ disagree and annoy their mom (aka me) so much?"
His quick answer.." ...because you are MOM!!!" awww... thank you very much, that supposed to make me feel better.phbbbbt
He didn't make any sense at that time ... I thought he was pulling my leg.
(phew... thank God that he was no longer in that 'Terrible Teen' phase)

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Almost at that exact age of 15 going to 16 before reaching 17... E started to behave exactly like ...well, you know ... TEENS!!!rolling eyes
Challenging my every word, questioning my every action, pouting and long faces when I beg to differ...
If looks could kill, I'd be sliced and dead a million times over!!!
... "this can't be happening" again, I heard a faint voice inside my head...at wits' end

I turned to Mr Google to shed some light on "Moms and Teens" relationship, specifically Mom and daughter.
Apparently Mom is the only person that teens will vent, take out their anger, frustration, because of her unconditional love towards her children. No matter what circumstances she might be in; be it  stress, strain, she'll have  her kids in her arms again in no time, once the emotional roller coaster ride has come to a complete cycle and stop. 
Teens will not pull the same stunts with fathers, teachers or peers...worried of repercussion and shunned by their own social circles.

Make sense?

In a nut shell... We, the Moms, are their punching bag!!! ouch...feeling beat up

Rewind some 30 odd years ago....
I would not, dare not, repeat... dare not show any Teens Tantrums with my mom, she'd have me straightened up in no time with 'cane' in her hand / Malay word ~ rotan mari...

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In her quiet...tired moment, resting in my arms... she whispered 


"I love you the most ...Mom"...

tears in my eyes, ... I must have done something right after all...


Handling teens are like making these beautiful pretzel...

We measured, mixed basic ingredients; flour, yeast, water, knead and give it much love... hope that it will rise to the occasions... and when it does, it was worth every effort we put in... and if it doesn't... well, we just have to try and try again...and not to give up hope.

Have a lovely long weekend, Peeps.



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Alton Brown's Soft Pretzel

(click here for the link and here to print)

620 g Bread flour
375 ml plus 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
50-55 g butter (melted)
7 g yeast
2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg for egg wash

10 liter water
2/3 cup baking soda

toppings
some shredded tasty cheese
jalapeno
salt
  1. Mix lukewarm water, yeast and sugar. 
  2. Leave it aside for 5 minutes. 
  3. Yeast will react with sugar and will start to foam.
  4. Mix flour, melted butter and salt into a mixing bowl. 
  5. Add the yeast mixture. 
  6. Using the dough hook and mix all the ingredients until well combined, smooth and doesn't stick to the side of the bowl. 
  7. Transfer the dough into a clean well oiled bowl (or transfer to a plate, clean the mixing bowl, oil it and put the dough back). cover with Glad wrap. 
  8. Leave it to rest and rise (at least double in size) for at least 50-55 minutes.
  9. Pre heat the oven to 180C. 
  10. Bring 10 liter water mix with baking soda to boil.
  11. Prepare the baking tray, either use the parchment paper or silpat. 
  12. Divide the dough into 8. Roll into a 0.5m long rope. and shape your pretzel. 
  13. Gently lower the pretzel into the boiling pot of baking soda water and leave it for 30 seconds. 
  14. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pretzel onto a lined baking tray. 
  15. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle either with salt, tasty cheese or tasty cheese with jalapeno slices.
  16. Bake for 12-15 minutes until it is golden and cook through. 
  17. Transfer to cooling rack before serving.




38 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa
    Though this teen has however annoyed you before, still these golden words could really touched your heart and makes your day among all things. These are the words that all moms love to hear! Your pretzel looks so gorgeous!

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  2. Ya...well..kids are always be kids! It takes a lot of patience to deal with them. It's better to be patient when they are younger rather than when they r older...that will be hard!

    Your pretzel looks lovely!!

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement...
      it is hardwork with teens but no pain no gain..kan? :)

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  3. Gorgeous pretzels! They look just perfect.

    Aaahhh, teens... ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you Rosa :)
      How I wish my teens will skip their 'teenage' years :(... from 12 years old straight to 19 yrs ;P

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  4. Yummyyy.. Nice shot dear.. :)

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  5. What a beautiful (and funny) post! Teens will be teens and patience is required, but your pretzels turned out beautifully :)

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    1. LOL...thank you Gourmantine, being able to read the brighter side of my story ;P

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  6. I made these gorgeous pretzels last weekend, found the recipe in FOODnetwork. absolutely love them. So easy, ate the, right of the oven. Yours look beautiful!

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    1. Yay... I agree with you... this recipe is a keeper :D

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  7. awww ^^.. i was once E.. and i love mum the most.. still do, even though she's not around anymore ^^ you will always be numero uno in your girl's heart, lisa ^^ isn't that wonderful? and the pretzels are gorgeous! ^^

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    1. Thanks Hui, I think I was like her too~ just not that vocal with my parents... takut kena rotan ma :P

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  8. This recipe looks delicious. Do you know the nutritional values? If you post it on www.myrecipemagic.com they will calculate it for you and you can get paid for posting recipes.

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  9. Hi Lisa! My eldest is only 10 but I am already having a big challenge reasoning with her and making her to understand our kindest intention and love for her. I cannot imagine her going into her teenage.

    Your pretzel looks amazing! My favorite is with cinnamon sugar...

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    1. ahhh Chef, I know exactly how you feel. Its the highest hurdles, the longest jump that most parents had to go through (I think) :(

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  10. Love your blog! I'm happy to follow you, you can visit my blog when you find time :)
    http://kitchenista-welcometomykitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Neela for visiting and following...
      Going to your blog now :)

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  11. Hi Lisa, your pretzel looks fantastic yummy. I love pretzel especially with cinnamon sugar ;)

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    1. Thank you esther :)
      this reminded me of that 'Auntie something' in KL ;P

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  12. Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing your story moms and teens. Kids now a days are different from our time. Children now are expose to TV, computer, games, etc...unlike our time we don't have all these. The most difficult time is from 12 to 17 yrs but after they past this stage, should be more mature and sensible.

    Your pretzel look very professional. Well done!

    Have a nice week ahead.

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    1. Thank you my dear friend Amelia, for the your kind words of encouragement. I know I have another year before all this ends ...phew :)

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  13. Your pretzels look perfect! They sound a lot easier to make than I thought. Some warm and fresh pretzel will be wonderful for lunch or snack. I can't wait to get started!

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    1. Hiya Lokness
      Thank you :)... these are yummy and easy.
      Happy trying :)

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  14. I'm sure I have put my mom through quite a bit too, but I always try to tell her how much I love and appreciate her . . . though the truth is I could never say it enough. She has and still does so much for me.

    I have wanted to make these pretzels forever! They look incredible.

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    1. I was the same too except that I wasn't as vocal as gen Y kids :(

      I am thinking of making this again..its so addictive :)

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  15. These are the best. I've made this recipe a hundred times probably and they have come out perfect every single time. Yours look great too!

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    1. Yup *nodding* agreeing with your statement... his recipe is brilliant :)

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  16. Looks so lovely. I loved the clicks. I almost wanted to take out one nad grab a bite! Could you let me know the measurements in cups?

    Shobha

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    1. Hi Shoba
      Thank you :D

      You can refer to Alton's original recipe here...its in cup measurement :)
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/index.html

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  17. The pictures are stunning! I've never made home-made pretzels before, but I bet they're better than the ones you find in the mall. In Malaysia, I really liked Auntie Anne's, and fell in love with the texture and flavour. Definitely will have to try these soon

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    1. Oh Thank you Yii-Huei
      Yes... thats the one ~ Auntie Anne's Pretzel :)

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  18. Next time I have teen problem, I msg you ok. :)

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    1. You will have no problems kot ;P
      Selamat menempuh alam teens :)

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  19. Whoa, your pretzels look PERFECT!! I am saving this recipe (and hope to look just like these!).

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    1. Thank you Nami... a lot of home baker out there swear by Alton's recipe ;)
      You'll be alright :D

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