Oh I simply cannot resist a good soft pretzel and I just realized that April is National Soft Pretzel Month! Here a coupon, some fun facts and a recipe for making your own.
First off this link came in my email today for Super Pretzel Coupon (and yummy, I’ve bought their pretzels before and love them for late night snack attacks): http://t.mb00.net/s/c?y.s7vf.1.yr60.3oz0 this strange looking link brings you right to the coupon on Red Plum. 🙂
Did you know that Soft Pretzels have been around back in 600 ADs?
Did you know, The common pretzel shape was created by Monks in the shape of praying hands? And that the shape has also said to represent good luck and prosperity.
I wanted to share this with you all, I made a recipe for Homemade No Knead Bread for Valentines week. This is not a quick bread, by any means, it is made with Yeast (not baking powder or baking soda… nor is it quick, but it’s easy!) This fortunately makes 2 loaves, the first loaf is half gone and I just finished making this No Knead Bread late last night! lol I received this little booklet as a gift and I finally made a recipe from this yesterday.
While I was thinking about the success I had with this Homemade No Knead Yeast Bread, I thought about how much my husband loves homemade bread and that it is indeed the perfect baked good for Valentines week. And the ingredients were all in my kitchen already, so I didn’t have to shop special for the recipe I used.
I wore my Flirty Apron while making my bread:
I warn you, though it’s easy, next time I would make it a day or two before I plan to bake it, it takes a long time for this bread to “Self Knead” and It took about 11 hours before I could bake this delicious bread.
I love homemade bread, but suffering from Chronic Pain, kneading can drive you to use up all your spoons if you are a spoonie like me (follow this link, if you don’t know what a spoonie is. The link shows the Spoonie Theory, and other posts dealing with Spoonies, like adding a spoon to your profile pictures.)
Anywho… I wanted to share this recipe with you and let you know my experience & the results from this strange new way of making yeast bread.
A personal Review, the book with this recipe in it is:
“The breadbreakthrough”(yes one word) and the subtitle states: Easy Recipes. Dough Kneads Itself
Now this little paperback booklet was a gift to me, from my Mother who, along with my Dad love the no knead recipes for homemade bread.
The results are a dense, crunchy exterior crust and a super moist, dense crumb (interior of the bread). And eaten hot from the oven it is simply to die for, especially if you use real butter on top! 🙂
Here is the Recipe I used:
Easy Oat Bread (No Knead Bread)
Yield: 2 Medium Loaves
key: C = Cup(s), tsp = teaspoon(s), T = Tablespoon(s)
5 1/2 C (27.5 Ounces) – Unbleached All Purpose White Flour or unbleached white bread flour, plus more as needed.
1 C – Old Fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, plus 4 Tablespoons for Garnish.
3 T – Granulated Sugar
Scant 2 3/4 tsp – table salt
1 tsp – Rapid Rise Yeast
1/4 C – Clover honey or Light (mild) Molasses
1/4 C – Corn Oil or Other Flavorless Vegetable Oil, plus extra for coating dough top and baking pans. (I used Canola Oil, coated the pans with Crisco and used Canola Spray for the top of the loaves while rising)
2 1/4 C plus 2 T – Ice Water (yes you read that right), plus more if needed.
In a large bowl, thoroughly stir together the, all but 1 Cup of the flour, oats, sugar, salt and yeast. (I say all but 1 Cup of the flour because the original recipe had you use all the flour… making the dough impossible to stir, and later on it said to incorporate the flour a bit at a time.)
In a medium bowl or measuring cup, thoroughly whisk the honey (or molasses) and oil together. Add the honey/oil mixture into the ice water. (now I had made the mistake of adding the ice water to the honey and oil, without mixing the honey and oil first… big mistake, I ended up with the honey stuck in a semi solid clump to the whisk. So I changed this to read the way it worked best for me.)
Add your water, oil, honey mixture to the flour mixture in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Make sure you have all the flour mixture coated and at this point, if needed, add more water. You will have a dough that is thick and difficult to stir, but still you should be able to stir this… don’t over moisten.
Brush or spray the top of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. For the best flavor, the author of this recipe recommends, refrigerating the dough for 3 to 10 hours. Then let rise at cool room temperature for 12 to 18 hours; if convenient, vigorously stir once during the rise. Since it seemed to hint at this first rise not being necessary, I only let it rise in the fridge for 3 hours, then set it out for about 30 minutes to warm up a bit and make it easier to stir (then straight out of the fridge).
Vigorously stir the dough. If needed, stir in enough more flour to yield a hard-to-stir consistency.
Generously oil two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. My loaf pans are slightly larger, it still worked but the rise of the bread was slightly lower then the recommended height for the second raising. I also used Crisco (yeah, I know, so bad for you, but it’s thicker then the oil and worked great for the oats that go over the pan coating).
Take your 1 T of Oats and coat the bottom and sides of the 2 pans (I actually used more so it coated all over nicely).
Use well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife to cut the dough in half. Put the dough portions in the prepared pans. Press down the dough and smooth oiled spatula or hands. Sprinkle loaves with Oat and press down to imbed. Made a 1/2 inch deep slash length-wise down the center of both loaves (again using your well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife). Tightly cover the loaf pans with well oiled plastic wrap.
Let Rise Using Any of the Methods Below:
For a 2 – 3 hr regular rise, let stand at warm room temperature, for 45 mins to 2 hrs.
Accelerated rise – let sand in a turned off microwave along with 1 cup of boiling water.
Extended Rise (what I will use next time) – refrigerate, covered for 4 to 24 hours, then set out at room temp.
With all Rise options: Continue to rise until the dough gets near the plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap and continue to let rise until the dough reaches 1/2 inch above rim. If you are using slightly larger loaf pans, like I did, I let it rise until it just reached the rim.
Lower Oven Rack to about the lower 1/3 of the oven, then Preheat your oven to 375.
Bake for 50 – 60 mins, until the tops are well browned. Cover the tops with foil. Then back for 10 to 15 mins more, until a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out with just a few particles clinging to the bottom. (now I used the traditional, knock on the bread and listen for the hollow sound, that I was used to… either way, the loaves turned out great!)
Now, remove from pan and once cooled a few minutes, slice a piece off and butter it and say mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! 😉
I hope you like the recipe, I have altered it for what I did when I made the bread (along with the original options). All in all the recipe was easy, however next time I make this, I will do a majority of the work a day ahead of time. But what a wonderful way to a mans heart, but through baking some yummy homemade bread and why not give the No Knead Yeast Bread a try?
Oh and I found a the exact apron that I was gifted a couple of years ago, so cute! Personally I would not have chosen the black and white one, but I love love love it and the ties are soooooooo long, these aprons could fit anyone that I know, big or small!
Comments, or questions (as always) are welcome! 🙂
Disclaimer: I was gifted the book that this recipe was from, by my family. I am sharing this recipe (altered to show the way it worked for me). and I did not receive this recipe, book (or the mentioned aprons for a review,) these were gifts that I wished to share with you all.
I have been searching high and low for coupons and Lenten specials for around Colorado with no success. Amazingly enough many archdiocese do have listings of Lenten Specials for their congregations, all around the US, but I failed to find one around my area.
Its frustrating trying to find any special deals this year, perhaps they don’t think anyone adheres to their religion any longer? Oh come on. I suppose there is a chance that perhaps, the fast food places and restaurants around the area are so hard up for cash that there are no offerings for us Catholics that observe Lent. Still I can’t imagine why they don’t take advantage of the season and run special prices or coupons, this would bring in more people, like me, that usually don’t go out to eat or buy fast food very often.
I at least found this page for Long John Silvers. Now if only the place near us will honor it since the fine print does say “at participating Long John Silvers” so I shall see.
Well enough of my ranting and ramblings, here is the Link to the coupon page I found, I hope they honor it for you.
Hi friends, here is a special that is good until the 19th from Kiyonna, just click on the picture below and use the Code: PRESIDENTS
You may recall, I’ve been drooling over their products for a while now, the sizes are size 10 and up… plus sizes my friends and their are some styles, that this avid viewer of What Not To Wear, sees as highly flattering on any figure.
Show off those curves and enjoy some special savings. I have yet to decide what I want to save up for, unfortunately. But I am seriously thinking of posting pictures of myself and what I am drooling over and having you all vote on what I should get for myself. Maybe I will post a picture of myself with it later, after I purchase it to. So you can help me play dress up, I have a little trip in mind soon, with my parents up to their 1 week Condo stay for my birthday and I would love to look pretty… maybe I will run into a Celebrity or 2 on my stay in Vale… wouldn’t that be nice?
Or maybe you can plot to have the team from What Not to Wear meet me up there? *giggle* Nah, just kidding… I don’t want secret footage of myself, I really don’t dress up much as I cannot afford much, since I’ve been disabled with chronic pain since 1991 and my husband has been disabled with pain and injured back for about 6 years now. I bet I look like a homeless person a lot, I need to really start sewing some clothing with my patterns and materials and post those projects here. lol
Okay, alas I have once again rambled… can you tell the weather is changing here and suddenly my pain level has gone up? 😛 Well it is and I am…