Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Shopping, planting, baking!  This is a great week. It’s my first week off, of work, for the summer. I’ve got my to-do list and all my projects planned and listed.  So, where do I begin?   Yesterday, Jeannie and I went out herb and flower shopping. We headed out fairly early and decided to avoid the never-ending construction, that is all over Columbus. And because of our smart thinking, we happened upon a wholesale nursery having a 50% off sale.   The day was dream like!  We got out to find flats upon flats of perennials and annuals that needed to be adopted into our gardens.   We pack in all of our wonderful finds, and head back to my house where we unload the SUV.  Now, we are off to Oakland Nursery where we can find just about anything we want and need.  I’m in need of healing herbs to fill my new herb garden.  These herbs will be infused into our soothing oils and healing oils for our companies, Hive and Honey BEEpothecary, and then into our salves and lotions.   After a couple of hours of roaming , collecting  smelling, and eating. We leave with a packed SUV again and almost everything we wanted, in plant form or organic seed packets.  Life is Good! A Friend like Jeannie in your life, is Better.  Thanks Jeannie for a great day.

Today, is raining.  The house is cool and damp.  So I thought, I would make pretzels to bake and take, to a friend who is in need of a “pick me up”!   I love this recipe because it’s a mix, roll, boil and bake.  No kneading or rising 🙂  Try it out! They will make you and everyone who eats them, smile.

Honey Pretzels with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey Pretzels

Honey Pretzels

Ingredients

For the pretzel dough:

  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water

For the bath:

  • 10 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup of baking soda

For the tops:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • Coarse sea salt or pretzel salt

Instructions

  1. Put all the pretzel dough ingredients into a bread machine or mixer and set it on the dough setting.
  2. When the dough is near done, pour the 10 cups of water and baking soda into a large pan, cover and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the baking soda into the water and keep covered but still boiling. You might need to reduce the heat a bit to keep the pan from boiling over while you prepare the pretzels.- I had a boil-over moment, so add the soda in slowly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. and prepare two baking sheets by spraying them with cooking spray or lining with a non-stick silicon baking mat. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and water and set beside the prepared pans with a brush close by for basting the pretzels.
  4. When the dough is done, plop it onto a floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece of the dough into a long snake about 1 1/2 feet long, then form each snake into a pretzel shape.
  6. Carefully set each pretzel into the boiling bath water, cover and let them bathe for 30 seconds. I did three pretzels at a time.
  7. Remove each pretzel carefully from the bath with a slotted spoon or spatula and set onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Bake at 425 for about 10 – 14 minutes or until they are a beautiful golden brown in color.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before eating.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey and Mustard Dipping Sauce

Honey and Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard- homemade or storebought
  • 1/2 cup honey- use local – i used mine.
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. The sauce can be held in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Happy Eating !

English Standard Version 
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