Today is one that I have been dreading.

Tomorrow I have a GIANT research essay proposal, outline and annotated bibliography due.

This is how much of my morning was spent:

Then I came up with a marvelous idea. I could bake something delicious and work on my essay proposal at the same time!! So, I decided on a new recipe that a friend of mine had recently passed along. Buttery Soft Pretzels. Yum!

Now doesn’t this look much better:
Yes, my schoolwork is much more bearable now.
If you’d like the recipe (of course you do!) here it is:


  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 4 – 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  4. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.
***I found that the dough was quite dry upon the first mix. Use less flour at first and then keep adding by small increments until you reach the desired dough consistency***
PS. Sheila, these definitely made me think of you. :)