• Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels

    This pretzel recipe comes from honestcooking.com, and they are sooooo good!!!  They have soft chewy insides with a crisp outside.  Great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Enjoy hot out of the oven, with mustard, or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/3 c. water
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1 package of fast acting yeast
    • 11 oz. (approximately 2 1/4 c.) all purpose flour
    • 11 oz. (approximately 2 1/4 c.) whole wheat flour
    • 4 TBSP butter, melted
    • 1/4 c. honey
    • vegetable oil for bowl

    To boil pretzels:

    • 10 c. water
    • 1/3 baking soda
    • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 TBSP water
    • salt

    Directions:

    1. Combine the water, salt, yeast, flour, butter and honey.
    2. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
    3. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil.
    4. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
    5. Preheat the oven to 450* degrees F.
    6. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
    7. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
    8. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope.
    9. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.
    10. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
    11. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds.
    12. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula.
    13. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
    14. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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  • Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole

     

    Not the prettiest dish to photograph, but it is so delicious!  Everyone LOVED this…even -s, who’s not too crazy about anything sweet potato.  Both kiddos requested that I make this again, and it will definitely be made at Thanksgiving.

    Adapted from Tara McConnell’s Hot Recipes in Cool Dishes.

    Filling Ingredients:

    • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 c. Craisins (reduced sugar)
    • 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • 4 TBSP butter, melted
    • grated zest and juice of 1 orange
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. allspice
    • 1/2 tsp. salt

    Topping Ingredients:

    • 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • 1 c. flour
    • 1 c. chopped pecans
    • 1/2 c. butter, melted

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400*.
    2. Add potatoes to a large pot of water; bring to a boil and cook until tender.
    3. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine Craisins through salt.
    4. In another mixing bowl, combine the topping ingredients.
    5. When potatoes are tender, drain and return to pot; add Craisin sauce and mash with a potato masher.
    6. Spray a 3 qt baking dish (7 x 9 ish) with cooking spray and add potato mixture and spread topping over the potato mixture (may want to take a knife and spray with cooking spray to more easily spread the mixture).
    7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping has browned.

    Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole: