Fall is here, and that means comfort foods are back! You know what I mean, right? The kind of foods that fill your heart as much as your stomach. While testing recipes, I was inspired by a recent love story that involves both the heart and the stomach.
As some of you know, I’m currently learning all about artisan breads at school. A few weeks ago, our class had the opportunity to make pretzels and the executive chef of our restaurant stopped in to say hello as he normally does. He noticed we were making pretzels and asked if he could take some home to his girlfriend because pretzels are apparently one of her favorites. Without thinking much about it, I said “Sure, but tell her they’re from me.” Ha!
The next day I saw him walking down the hall and he stopped and asked me if I had heard a funny story about him and the pretzels he took home. Immediately my brain went to “oh shoot, did he choke on one? Was there a hair in one?” But that was not the case. Instead, he told me that he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend with the box of pretzels that we had prepared in class.
WHAT??? Will you accept this box of pretzels….oh, and also accept a proposal of marriage??? She did say yes because how could any woman turn down a box of pretzels along with a marriage proposal?
My heart was so happy to hear that those pretzels were apart of HIS PROPOSAL story.
And since I realize not everybody can take an artisan bread class, I wanted to bring soft pretzels to your kitchen in an easy and approachable way. First, there is no shame in purchasing pre-made dough. It will save you time. Unless you want to make a yeast dough from scratch then be my guest.
To get that classic pretzel bite and look, you will first boil your formed knots before seasoning and then baking. While the pretzels finish, be sure to whip up a quick dip or two, for a match made in heaven. Making this quick take on pretzels is the perfect addition to snack time, tailgating, gatherings, and more.
Pro-tip: ask to purchase dough from your favorite Pizzeria to add a fun local touch to your pretzels.