My First Attempt at Pretzels

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at home-made pretzels for awhile, and late last week I gave it a shot. I used the recipe for roasted garlic pretzels from American Vegan Kitchen.

They tasted pretty good, but I’m definitely not good at the whole pretzel thing yet. I think the dough may have been too dry, and then shaping was a bit of a disaster. The dough was difficult to work with, and wasn’t very stretchy. I couldn’t even manage to roll them out into lengthy strips, so the pretzels were all fairly small. I’m sure I’ll be trying again soon.

Here are a few pictures of the process.

Pre-boil

Boiling

Ready to eat

Playing with pretzel shapes

Have any of you tried your hands at pretzels? If so, have you got any tips for me on how to improve my next batch?

4 thoughts on “My First Attempt at Pretzels

  1. I made my first batch yesterday from the Peas & Thank You recipe. Rolling out the dough, just be patient. I crimped the dough as I went if it started to pull apart and then just kept rolling to get the right length. Hey – if it tastes good, it doesn’t matter as much what it looks like. :)

  2. Hi! I just recently made my first batch, too. It’s on my blog about a week ago. Then yesterday, I made ANOTHER batch because the family is scarfing them down like crazy. I used the Peas & Thank You recipe as well, although I went 100% whole wheat and no oil. The dough was quite easy to work with and the whole process was fun and painless :) Sure, the pretzels looked like my kids made them the first batch, but you get better at it!

  3. If the dough wasn’t stretchy enough, it might need some more kneading! I cheat and use a Kitchenaid mixer. I let kids help me with the shaping so they always look as if kids made them. I think they are lovely.

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