Decorating and Baking……..The Season is here……

Yes, its that time of the year, Christmas tree going up, tinsel and poinsetias , inside lights, outside lights, scented candles all around!

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So to get into the decorating mood, I decided to bake some Sugar & Cinnamon and Salted Pretzels!

For the Pretzels

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

For the topping

  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Warm the milk in a saucepan but don’t let it boil; pour into a medium bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let the yeast process, about 2 minutes; stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon. Cut 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it; stir into the mix. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly sticky. Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet. Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into even pieces, the bigger the piece the bigger your pretzel. I prefer them smaller so I get more out of it. Roll and stretch each piece and form each rope into a pretzel shape.

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Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Melt the rest of the butter and mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, remove pretzels from oven, brush butter all over them and then dip half of them in the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle coarse salt on the other half.

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Mmmmmmm house smells wonderful, weather outside is gorgeous, for sure getting into the Christmas Spirit!

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