One of my favorite things to get when I go to the mall (not that I go anymore...the last time I was there was YEARS ago!) is soft pretzels. My mom got me hooked, getting them for me when we would go shopping together and then, when I was older and working at Hallmark I would get them on my break. I love the soft dough all warm and salty, a little crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. My favorite is to dip them in cheese sauce (which you never get enough of at the mall). In January there was a recipe for soft pretzels in the Friend magazine (a church magazine for kids) and the boys wanted me to make them. I made them one day when there was no school and they turned out great! Not the best shapes, but dang tasty. I didn't have cheese sauce that day but we ate them sprinkled with salt and garlic powder (what Trevor and I liked the best) or cinnamon and sugar (Colin and Logan's choice). I wanted them again today and decided to make them. And I made cheese sauce. A lot of cheese sauce. Here is the easy-peasy recipe:
Mix together 1 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2-3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon yeast (one package), 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover and let rise about an hour. Shape dough and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 450 for 8-10 minutes. Brush with melted butter and top with salt or cinnamon and sugar.
I may never have to go to the mall again.