Monday, February 8, 2010

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pretzels II

So, we've set a date! April 27th, 2013! Yes, I know what you're thinking, 3 years is a LONG ASS time! But ya know, when we've got to pay for an extravaganza ourselves, go to school, work, and have to pay our current bills... it's kind of hard to save a pretty penny for an amazing wedding. But it'll happen and we'll live happily ever after... or at least that's a start. Right?

And on a side note... I am completely pleased with the turnout of the Superbowl! Yes, I lived in Indiana for about 8 or so years, but I absolutely HATE the Indianapolis Colts and am glad that they fell to the truly better team, the Saints!

Adapted from Flamingo Bear's blog

1 packet active dry yeast
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
2 & 1/2 cups wheat flour
10-15 slices honey ham, chopped
1 & 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
6 cups water
4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
kosher salt

In a large bowl, mix yeast, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and warm water. Mix until sugar is dissolved and let sit about 8 to 10 minutes, until foamy.

In another bowl, mix together remaining brown sugar and milk until brown sugar is dissolved.

Add 2 & 1/2 cups flour and milk mixture to yeast and stir with a wooden spoon until soft ball of dough forms.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Place in clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and divide into 4 pieces. I froze 2 and used the other for the a good sized plate full of pretzels.

Roll each piece into a long rope and flatten/spread out. Place ham and cheese on top of dough and roll up. Seal seam with water if needed. Cut into segments of desired size. Let rest for 30 minutes on baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Lower heat and add baking soda. Cook pretzels in batches of 2 or 3 for about 30 seconds and let rest back on baking sheet.

Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, or until pretzels are light and puffy. Brush with melted butter and top with kosher salt.

You can also make a quick honey mustard dipping sauce by mixing the dijon mustard with the honey.

This was a great snack! I don't know if I'd do it again with wheat flour, it gave it an interesting taste, but in a good way. Enjoy!


  1. yum, these look like perfect comfort food, I'd love to have some right now, it's -10C outside again

  2. I feel you! Had a snow day from classes today so we're just pent up in the house cleaning!

  3. i feel like my life depends on a plate of comfort food. i wonder if it's really too much to serve these before gorging on cacciatore...
    i have some whole wheat pastry flour on hand, and i like that it's a baked treat, and not the kind you have to boil first. i just love pretzels and who cares about calories anyway when it's been snowing all day!

  4. Hi Peggy,

    have not tried it yet, but I will do next



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