Everyday Mom's Meals: The Miracle of Baking Soda

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Miracle of Baking Soda

So, there are a few things left in the kitchen that will still surprise me...even when I already know about them. One of them is this trick. Did you know that baking soda can turn regular dough into pretzel dough? Yep! It's like magic! Now, if you have made my Pretzel Dogs, you already knew about this nifty trick; but if you're like me, even after making those, the wonderment of what happens in a 30 second process is still awe inspiring! 

If you've never tried this fake out before, this recipe is the best way to start! With so many holiday meals and parties coming up, you could really impress your family and guests with this one! Imagine the mad respect you will get when they think you slaved away in the kitchen all day making pretzel rolls! (And don't worry, I'll keep your secret!) 

These would be perfect with a big sit down meal, but my little man actually gave me an even better idea the night I served these. He informed me they would be perfect with some nacho cheese to dip them in, as a "nibbly bit"...his name for appetizers. In fact, he has already requested that exact combo for our annual New Year's Eve buffet. So, feel free to steal that idea too. 

With the busy holidays and so many yummy things coming out of your kitchen, isn't it nice to have a couple tricks up your sleeve to save some time and nerves? These will not only do that, but satisfy your taste buds too! 

Easy Pretzel Rolls
From Pillsbury
1 can crescent rolls
10 c. water
1/4 c. baking soda
1 egg
1 TBS water
Sesame seeds
Kosher Salt

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Meanwhile, separate rolls into 8 triangles. Starting at the short end, stretch dough a bit. Roll short side to other, and then bring ends together forming pretzel shape. Press slightly to adhere. When water is boiling, carefully add 2 rolls to water at a time, and cook for 30 seconds. Gently remove with a slotted spoon and drain slightly on paper towel. Using a metal scraper, transfer to baking pan. Repeat for all rolls. Beat egg with water. Brush rolls with egg mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt. Bake for 11-13 minutes until golden brown. 

Shared on The Country Cook Dec. 12, 2014

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