How did i missed to post our simple seventh wedding anniversary. This year we decided to have a quiet dinner at home and opt out of the expensive supper date . And for me there really is nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful dinner for the person you love. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
I cooked Spinach Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana and Ham and Cheese Roll. Part of cooking a romantic anniversary dinner is not spending the evening in the kitchen away from your loved one. So i didn’t bother to bake sweets for dessert.After all, this was MY anniversary too and didn’t want to spend the day baking away.
An evening of delicious food and great company made this a romantic anniversary dinner at home.
Who says you have to be an excellent baker to create desserts?
Sweeten your day with a cute little mouth-watering pretzels that your hubby and your kids will surely praise you for such a wonderfully delectable dessert!
Okay don’t think that I’m intentionally trying to kick you from your healthy living habits . But I guess we will all agree that you can never say ‘NO”with that amazing aroma of fresh pretzels baking in the oven.They’re just SO GOOD. So buttery and warm. So chewy and soft. Sweet,savoury and sinfully delicious. I’m lost of adjectives how can I describe the taste of Auntie Anne’s pretzels!
If STRICT DIET means NO SWEETS then you better stop reading this post and just stick to fruits and vegetables snack.
But let me tell you- this is the real deal! You’ll thank me for this small burst of warmth in your home..
And because you can never have enough chocolate, feel free to add some extra chips..I swear these pretzels will be your signature entrée..
Here’s how you do it…
1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115F)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter (melted)
1 tablespoon of cinammon powder
1/2 cup sugar
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, and yeast to 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Let the bowl stand about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. It should bubble.
Add the flour and melted butter and mix until completely combined.
drop the dough on a smooth surface and knead for 7-10 minutes (trust me, it’s not hard).
After it the dough has risen, preheat the over to 450F and start boiling the 10 cups of water in a large stock pot. Once you have a rolling boil, add the 2/3 cup baking soda. Prepare a baking sheet with a very lightly oiled parchment paper.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into 16 inch ropes. The dough is very elastic, so it will tend to shrink a few inches as soon as you stop rolling it out – that’s normal.
Brush the butter on the tops of the pretzels, then sprinkle some (mixed cinnamon and sugar) over the top and add chocolate chips (use as much as you’d like).
Nutella/whipped cream sauce – Start with Nutella and add the whipped cream until you like the creamy consistency. Yum!
It’s a day of indulgence- so enjoy it for what it is!!