Over the weekend, I introduced my husband to Pinterest. My cousin had been fearlessly pinning some drool-worthy recipes as of late. “I’m in a food funk,” I told him. “Check out these pins and let me know what sounds good.” It didn’t take long for him to catch on. Roughly one hour later, he handed my iphone back with a new board titled Husband Pleasing Food. Will was pretty fearless himself.
As it turns out, man pleasing food is deeply routed in cheese, bread and bacon. This was a far cry from the beans, vegetables and fruit I had been pushing but I was willing to compromise. “If I make this, we will be working out. You understand this, right?” “Agreed.” “We no longer have the metabolism to eat things like this and not get fat.” “I know.” Sigh. “All right.” I resigned myself to defeat and began scanning the recipes for a reasonable snack.
Will had pinned a copy cat Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel recipe. We had nearly all the ingredients except for brown sugar; the last of which was used on my Cherry Berry Crisp. Surely we didn’t need brown sugar to make pretzels. One quick Google search later and I had found this recipe by Pennies on a Platter.
I began to gather the ingredients but was confused when it called for “22 ounces (about 4 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour.” Which was it? There were 8 ounces in 1 cup. Clearly, there was some mistake in the conversion. The first batch was made with 4 cups of flour, about 32 ounces. The dough was so pillowy, I was unable to get a good roll on them but they were really very good. The second batch was made with exactly 4 1/2 cups of flour. The dough was much easier to work with. I was still unable to roll the pretzels and instead, gently stretched and pulled them into shape. The resulting pretzels were absolutely perfect.
The recipe calls for the raw pretzels to be plunged into a baking soda bath for 30 seconds. I asked Will to time it. Fumbling with hot soda water, partially cooked pretzels and my iphone at the same time was probably a bad idea.
Afterwards, each of the kids were given 4 pretzels to “paint” and salt. Then the pretzels were placed on the greased cookie sheets and into a 450 degree oven for 14 minutes. “Gorgeous.” I thought pleased with myself and my sweet little family. As for man pleasing food, it certainly was.