Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A first attempt at Pretzels

I can't believe that it's the last week of the Great British Bake Off! I've so enjoyed baking along each week. When I first linked up my cake it was because I happened to have baked something which fitted the theme that week - I really didn't imagine that I would end up taking part each week from then on!

This week it was the final, and the last three challenges - a savoury picnic pie, pretzels and a wedding cake. I decided to go for pretzels as I've never made them before and they sounded more appealing than a picnic pie. I'm afraid that neither my budget nor my stomach is large enough for me to attempt a wedding cake without an actual wedding in mind!

Google found me a recipe for Hot Soft Pretzels which looked delicious. The recipe was simple, without too many ingredients, and they could be made in my Kenwood Chef.  The dough was a little sticky so I added some extra flour, fortunately that seemed to do the trick.

A first attempt at pretzels

The most difficult part of the bake was shaping the pretzels, and after all that effort they expanded so much in the baking that it all sort of merged together anyway! I think that perhaps I should have rolled the dough out into a longer, thinner sausage, I didn't expect it to increase quite so much in size.

A first attempt at pretzels

I'm so grateful to The Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps for hosting each week. I've really enjoyed taking part.

9 comments:

  1. They look fantastic! And all that lovely sugar on top....delish!

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    1. Thank you! There weren't any quantities given for the topping so I just guessed, probably a bit more there than there should have been!

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  2. Oh I haven't made them before either! I think my kids will like to have a go at this during half term.

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    1. It was a lot of fun, and very easy to make the dough

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  3. Oh they do look good Jennifer. I was watching the struggle on tv for the bakers to shape them and knew there and then I didn't have patience for this bake! Well done x

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    1. Thank you! It was actually very easy to shape them because my recipe had instructions with pictures, on the show they only seemed to have written directions! Although it was quite a lot of effort for not much of a result, should have made the sausages thinner!

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  4. yum! I love pretzels & they are so easy to make & great to do with the kids...I need to roll mine longer too as they always seem to lose their shape too.
    Well done on joining in for all 10 weeks & for your support x

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  5. these look so good Jennifer and you can see they are soft from your photo. this is another bake i need to try!!! thnak you also for all your hard work over the duration of our linky - you have baked some great things - that under the sea cake looked brilliant x

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  6. They look so yummy and bet they tasted amazing. Little z loves all things savoury so think he would have jumped on these!

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