Pizza Dough Pretzels

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Guys, two of my favorite things are coming together to make these easy, tasty bites – pizza dough and soft pretzels!

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My boyfriend Curtis and I watch Chef John food videos pretty much every week, and we always have such great luck with his recipes. I made his Sausage Pasta e Fagioli last week that was killer, and when we watched the pizza dough pretzel video, I knew it was only a matter of time until I made them on my own! Lucky for me, we pretty much have a Whole Foods pizza dough available at all times in our fridge (we’re pizza people).

As I mentioned before, the actual making of these is pretty simple, since you’re using pre-made dough, but I don’t know if you’ve ever made pretzels or bagels before, but the trick to getting that crispy, browned top is a very specific and important step – boiling the pretzels in baking soda before baking.

So your basic ingredients are:
+ 1-1.5ish lb white pizza dough
+ 1/3 cup baking soda
+ 6 cups water
+
coarse salt
+ sprinkle of cornmeal

Directions:
01. Take your dough out of the fridge about 10-15 minutes before starting
02. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
03. Lightly sprinkling white flour on your table and place your sticky pizza dough onto the floured surface. Sprinkle a little more flour on top so you can handle the dough without it sticking to your hands.
04. Pound out some of the air, and slice your dough into 6 (generally) equal parts. Shape into either knots, or bagels – your choice!
05. Pour baking soda into 6 cups of water in a sauce pan, turn heat onto medium high heat, and bring to a rolling boil.
06. Boil each knot for 30 seconds on each side for a total boil of 1 minute. You can usually fit about 2 in the pan at one time.
07. Immediately transfer knots onto parchment paper lined baking pan, sprinkled with cornmeal (I ran out of parchment paper, and it was not a fun clean up. Use it if you have it!), and top with coarse salt.
08. Bake for 20 minutes.
09. Enjoy!

These steps might seem a little daunting at first, but I promise it isn’t bad at all! I would recommend reading through once or twice, but the general gist is – cut and shape dough, boil in baking soda water for 1 minute each and bake for 20 at 400 degrees.

***All of these directions are wonderfully explained in Chef John’s video, so if you are at all confused or want clarification on anything, I highly recommend you watch it!***

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Happy Weekend!

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Tomorrow is the OFFICIAL first day of summer friends, how exciting is that! We’ve been experiencing the heat already, but it will feel good to bump it up into summer full time (aka more beach and BBQs). This weekend’s weather looks promising, so before you head out to enjoy it, make sure to check out our Friday links!
xo G&M

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rkv // Eek! I have 23 days until my first 10k ever, and I’m freakin’ a bit. I’m a bit behind on my training, but found these race do’s and don’ts refreshing!

cct // My boss made these amazing sounding cupcakes and I need to try them asap!

rkv // Lately I’ve been loving myself some green goddess dressing— it adds just the right amount of flavor to a dish, while being low in fat (the bad kind, that is). This recipe looks super scrumptious!

cct // We had a photo shoot yesterday (for the new Hartford Prints! website) with Victoria Gloria Photography, and here is a sneak peek – such gorgeous shots! (don’t mind my odd hip pop in the first pic, I don’t think I’m usually that wide??)

rkv // I’m feeling on this technique for beach-wave hair – I think the backcombing is key!

cct // These movies are 10 years old?! Woah…

rkv // I saw this and thought it looked like Christa’s dream snack (*um YES!)

 Have a lovely weekend!