Current crush: pretzels

Can we talk about pretzels for a bit?

Far too relegated to (far too crunchy) snacks from a bag for those tired of chips or used to sop up copious amounts of beer, I have to admit I have a little bit of a crush on pretzels.

If you happen to live in the DMV area and are reading this, stop what you are doing. Go to the Pretzel Bakery in Southeast and buy every item on the menu. So good, right?

For me, soft pretzels that are fresh, doughy, with just the right amount of salt are a thing of beauty. They are an all-day snack and lend themselves well to toppings of all sorts. So, while perusing baking blogs on a recent weekend night, as one does, I decided I needed some pretzels in my life. Stat. A few hours later, I was curled up on the couch with my roommate indulging in these little bites of goodness.

I’ve pretzeled things in the past, most notably these Parker House Rolls for Thanksgiving, but this was my first foray into the real deal.

The recipe I followed can be found here. I kneaded the dough by hand, because, while I love my KitchenAid, there’s something about the physical process of kneading that I find to be very therapeutic. Mine were between 52-56 grams, which I thought was the perfect size. The best part? Pretzel egg sandwiches for breakfast.

So, here is my challenge to you, dear reader. Find something you love. Make space. Bake.

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