Have you ever walked through the mall and passed by the Auntie Annes? Oh the wonderful aroma that floats out of that store. Mmmmm….oh so heavenly. But alas, Auntie Annes pretzels are not healthy, and they are not whole grain. However, we can make our own whole grain pretzels that taste just as good!
Over the weekend, I had my little brother to myself; so after he finished his homework, we made pretzels together! We had so much fun, and had a lot of laughs. They were super easy to make, too!
Whole Wheat Pretzels
~These pretzels are vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and of course, sugar-free!
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (plus more to knead with)
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 package of yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- Toppings! (salt, cinnamon, garlic, raisons,sesame seeds, have fun!)
First, mix the water and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for five minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Next knead the dough for about five minutes, adding flour if it is too sticky. Roll it into a ball. Place the ball back into the mixing bowl and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour. I usually cover my dough with a towel an place it into an unheated oven while it rises.
After the dough is done rising, take your fist and punch it down once!
Then, separate the dough into 12 parts. Roll the pieces into long strips and and fold into a pretzel shape (or any other shape you like). To shape a pretzel, take the 2 ends together and twist. Then, take the twist and fold down on top of the middle part of the dough. Sprinkle the tops of the pretzels with water, so that the toppings can stick. Then, sprinkle the toppings. Don’t be skimpy with the toppings, or else you won’t be able to taste them! Bake in a 400* oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Do you have fun making food with others? Or do you prefer making it yourself? Or do you just hate making food? (That would definitely NOT be me, I love making food!)