Several things happened this weekend that were very exciting for me…
1. Sophies first soccer game: This is probably the best activity we had this weekend but also very sad because I cannot believe my first baby is already 3 and playing on a soccer team. My husband and brother in law were the coaches and I would have to say, I am ready to see them play again next weekend. Other than the heat at 3pm in Texas, the kids and coaches did great and are starting to get the hang of running towards the goal and “do not pick up the ball”. This is true enjoyment!
2. Pumpkins season is here: We were out shopping yesterday and my daughter started screaming because she saw her first pumpkin patch of the season! She loves pumpkins and I love pumpkin desserts, so it is a win win for the whole family. Pumpkin dessert recipes coming soon!
3. The first weekend of professional football started on sunday: Lets be honest, I wasn’t really that excited about the games (my husband was) but I love all that comes with football season. Fun parties with good food and just a reason to celebrate and get together with friends and family. Since this was a late game, we put the kids to bed after a delicious dinner together and sat and watched the Dallas Cowboys play while we ate these buttery soft pretzels.
I am and have always been a huge lover of pretzels of any kind. I like to dip them in chocolate, buttercream, mustard, cream cheese or just about anything else, but I really love SOFT Pretzels. Like the ones you can get at any sporting event, fair, or while you are shopping at the mall. This pretzel recipe is probably one of my favorites and can be made savory or sweet. I made these classic salted, but you can add rosemary, cinnamon sugar, or gruyere cheese (which I love on everything).
- 4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar, granulated
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups boiling water
- kosher salt, topping
- In a small bowl dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp sugar in warm water, let stand for about 10 minutes
- In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt
- Make a well in the center and add the melted butter and yeast mixture
- Mix and form dough into a ball (add flour if needed)
- Knead dough until smooth
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for 1-1 1/2 hours
- After dough has risen dissolve baking soda in hot water
- Once dough has doubled in size turn out onto lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces
- Roll each piece into long rope and twist into pretzel shape
- Once all dough is shaped, dip each piece into baking soda solution and place on a greased sheet pan
- Sprinkle with kosher salt
- Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 minutes or until golden brown
- you can use a mixer attached with a dough hook, but do not over mix!
I love this time of year and I can’t wait to share some great fall recipes with you!