Monday, October 7, 2013

Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Hey guys and gals! I'm back! It's been a long, long, uuber long week. My family is almost back to full health, and this pleases me. I've missed you all and the recipes so much. Tonight, in celebration, I want to make some soft pretzels. This was brought on by the fact that I was eating some pretzel hot pockets for dinner (lame, I know, but I was really hungry and my patience was low).

I love pretzels. When I go to a fair, or an amusement park, they are usually the first thing I search for. Turkey legs come shortly after that. Anyway... I'm rambling. Let's meet in the kitchen and we can whip us up some delicious snackage! I hope to see you there!

Soft Pretzels and Buffalo cheddar Cheese Sauce
Makes 8 Pretzels

For the Pretzels, you will need:

  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • 4.5 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil, to grease bowl
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2/3 cups baking soda
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • Coarse sea salt

For the Buffalo Cheddar Cheese Sauce, you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup franks red hot sauce


  1. To make the pretzels: combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and 4 1/2 cups flour to the mixture and mix on low speed until combined. 
  3. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. 
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  6. Coat a large bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. 
  7. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. 
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
  9. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
  10. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. 
  11. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. 
  12. Roll each piece into a long rope. 
  13. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. 
  14. Cross right to left again and flip up. 
  15. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. 
  16. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. 
  17. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider. 
  18. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with sea salt. 
  19. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
  20. Remove pretzels from oven and let cool on a wire baking rack.
  21. To make the Buffalo Cheddar Cheese sauce: While pretzels are baking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  22. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly add the flour. 
  23. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. 
  24. Add milk, stir and turn down heat to low. 
  25. Continue stirring until milk thickens. 
  26. Add in cheeses and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. 
  27. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. 
  28. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  29. Pour into one medium size dip bowl or a few bowls to scatter for dipping.
  30. Serve hot with the pretzels.

Okay friends, families, and foodies. I'll be back tomorrow (now that everything has calmed down). Have a great day, enjoy your pretzels, and happy blogging to all! See you soon!