Pretzel Dough Recipe

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Simple pretzel dough recipe that you can make at home in about 20 minutes plus baking time.

Top your pretzel dough with your favorite toppings before baking.

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What do you put on top of pretzels?

  • salt
  • pizza sauce and cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • sesame seeds
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt
  • cinnamon and sugar
What do you put on top of pretzels?
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Pretzel Dough Recipe

How to make pretzel dough
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 600 ml flour
  • 15 ml yeast
  • 15 ml sugar
  • 2 ml salt
  • 250 ml water warm (105-115 degrees F)
  • to taste coarse sea salt
  • 1 egg optional (for egg wash)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, sugar, salt and water. Let stand for 5 min until yeast blooms (becomes frothy).
  • Pour yeast mixture into 500 ml of flour. Mix together. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead for 5-7 min adding flour as needed (~100 ml flour). Knead your dough until smooth and elastic.
  • Your pretzel dough is ready to be rolled out and shaped. You can do an egg wash to your pretzels if you want more of a shiny look to them. Beat an egg with a fork and then brush egg onto your pretzels. Add coarse salt to your pretzels before baking.
  • Bake 15-20 min. Pretzels should be lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Notes

We topped our pretzels with pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Feel free to try out topping your pretzels with your favorite topping before baking! 

Banana Blueberry Muffins with Oats

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Banana blueberry muffins with oats is a delicious recipe to make for a quick snack or on the go breakfast.

banana blueberry muffins with oats

How to mash bananas for muffins

Peel your bananas. Then use a fork on a plate to mash your bananas up. If you’re mashing a banana that is quite wide in diameter, cut your banana in half lengthwise. Press your fork into the banana and mash it until it’s lumpy with no huge chunks of banana present.

How much is 1 cup of mashed bananas for a recipe

1 cup of mashed bananas for a recipe is 2-3 bananas.

How much is 2 cups of mashed bananas for a recipe

2 cups of mashed bananas for a recipe is 4-5 bananas.

How to mash bananas for muffins

Can you mash green bananas?

It’s very difficult to mash green bananas. They are hard, therefore it’s more challenging to mash green bananas for a recipe. Try using a pastry blender to mash your green bananas if you’re having trouble with a fork. It’s best to use ripe bananas for mashing which you can usually find at the grocery store in the single banana section.

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Banana Blueberry Muffins with Oats

How to make banana blueberry muffins with oats
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas 3-4 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup blueberries frozen

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, sugar, rolled oats, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat your egg and mix together with mashed bananas and melted butter. Mash your bananas with a fork on a plate until they're completed mashed through. You don't want any large chunks of banana.
  • Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients. Add blueberries to the mixture. Begin mixing with a spatula gently until only JUST combined. Do not overmix. The batter should look lumpy.
  • Grease your muffin tin. Fill the muffin cups almost full.
  • Bake your muffins at 375 degrees F for 20-25 min, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. The top of the muffins should be medium-golden brown and crisp up in the oven.
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32 Things to Dip Bread In

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Dipping bread into freshly made dips and sauces is one of the most delicious foods you can eat. Warm fresh bread dipped into olive oil and balsamic vinegar is so simple, yet the flavor is so powerful. Here are a few other ideas on what to dip bread in:

  • crab dip
  • extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction
  • spinach dip
  • tomato dipping sauce
  • shrimp dip
  • garlic dip
  • queso dip
  • French onion dip
  • bacon cheese dip
  • corn dip
  • extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, minced garlic, sundried tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese
  • jalapeno popper dip
  • pizza sauce
  • chili queso dip
  • garlic parmesan olive oil bread dip
  • cream cheese taco dip
  • fresh pesto and olive oil
  • cream cheese, bacon, cheese, and green onion dip
  • spinach and artichoke dip
  • dill pickle dip
  • butter
  • guacamole
  • tzatziki
  • hummus
  • green olive dip
  • Mediterranean feta dip
  • deviled egg dip
  • beer cheese dip
  • cilantro lime avocado dip
  • olive, artichoke and feta dip
  • party chip dip
  • everything bagel dip
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What kind of bread is best for dipping?

The best kind of bread for dipping is French bread, homemade crusty bread, or focaccia bread.

Select a bread that’s fresh, fluffy, bounces back easily, and isn’t too dense.

How to serve your bread for dipping?

Serve your bread on a large platter. Cut your bread into bite sized pieces that are 1-2” long. People will be less likely to double dip if you cut the bread into small pieces. You could also put toothpicks into the bite sized pieces for easy dipping if your sauce isn’t too thick. This will work well for thin sauces or oil based sauces.

things to dip bread in

What kind of olive oil is best for dipping bread with?

The best olive oil for dipping bread with is extra virgin olive oil. It’s unrefined, making it the best possible olive oil you can use. It has low levels of oleic acid, making it much less acidic than regular olive oil. Since it’s less acidic, it’s easier on the mouth making it smooth and tasty to eat.

Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Making focaccia bread is easier than you ever could have imagined. But once you make it at home, it’s very hard to buy it in the grocery store. Nothing tastes more fresh than warm focaccia bread right out of the oven. Dip the bread in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction.

You never knew what you were missing in life until eating foccacia bread right out of the oven.

Bread is life.

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Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

How to make focaccia bread with olive oil infused with herbs at home in only 2 hours.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 10 slices

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • 13" x 9" Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch finishing salt optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan on low heat combine olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Cook for 5-10 min until fragrant stirring occasionally.
  • In a large glass bowl combine warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for 5 min until frothy.
  • Add the flour, salt and ¼ cup of the herb olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix only until just combined and knead only 10-15 times. Don’t overwork the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit for 1 hour to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of the herbed oil into a 9×13’’ pan. Use a paper towel to spread the oil to the entire bottom of the pan, and into the corners. Transfer the risen dough to the baking pan and use your fingers to dimple the dough all over. Pour the remaining oil over the dough. Spread the oil all over using the back of a spoon. 
  • Let rise for 20 min.
  • Bake focaccia bread for 15-20 min. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge to make it last longer. Best served the day of or use within 2 days.
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Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

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GARLIC ITALIAN BREADSTICKS
Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

How to bake garlic bread sticks from scratch using yeast.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Rising time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 7 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12 Breadsticks

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 280 mL warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

Topping

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, yeast, sugar, 3 tbsp butter and salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly add bread flour until fully combined. Knead dough until smooth ~5-7 min.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Separate dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each piece to approximately 7’’ long.
  • Let rise for 1 hour on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture onto breadsticks when they come out of the oven and top with Parmesan. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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