Monday, January 9, 2012
There is no better way to celebrate a football game than with these pretzel rolls. Actually, the pretzel rolls don't even warrant a special occasion. They have been served in our family alongside soups and salads, and this week, sliders. Our family celebrates Little Christmas (12 days after Christmas - to celebrate the wise men's arrival). It's been a tradition in my family forever. Everyone gives gifts under $5, wrapped in newspaper.
We celebrated a little late (Sunday) which nicely coincided with our celebration of the Giants game. I made a ton of food, relishing in being back in the kitchen...until I had to prepare 60 sliders in 6 different preparations. Then, I was cursing myself for being so freaking ambitious. In the end, it doesn't matter how much food you make, or don't make, its about the people you are with. And so, I took a deep breath, some burgers were no longer warm, but we enjoyed the little moments of being together. My New Year's resolution (9 days in) is proving to be a good idea after all.
Serves: 12 small rolls, 8 large rolls
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups flour
2 ounces butter, melted
5 cups water
1/3 cup baking soda
Combine the warm water, sugar, yeast, salt, flour, and melted butter with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come together. Wash your hands thoroughly and using your hands, knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough forms until smooth and elastic. Oil the bowl, turn the dough in the bowl once so all sides are oiled. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled. Separate the dough into 12 small rolls or 8 large rolls, your choice. Let sit on a greased baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Meanwhile, combine the water and baking soda until clear and let it come to a boil. Place the rolls in top side down and boil about 2 minutes per side, and flip to boil another 2 minutes. Place back on the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until browned on top. Let cool about 3-5 minutes. Cut in half (if using for sandwiches) or serve whole for dinner rolls.
So make these rolls and stay tuned for Wednesday's post about a delicious slider that I can't wait to share!
Until the next time my oven is on...
Welcome! I'm Dani (aka the Growing Foodie), just a girl balancing her career and passion for all things edible in NYC. I hope you'll join me in my adventures in life, through food. (Click for More)
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