Hearty Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels

If you ask me how many pretzels I have been making lately, I will simply shrug. I’ve been trying so many different recipes I’ve actually lost count. I reckon I have too many pretzel-making plans. But to take a break from the search for the pretzel, I decided to deviate from all that white starch and make something a little healthier; still pretzels, yes, but with the addition of hearty whole wheat flour.

I like eating whole wheat bread on a regular basis, mostly because I like the muted flavour of grains, and the nice texture to boot. Plus it’s really filling and great for digestion. There’s been a lot of attention given to the health benefits of whole foods lately, with companies coming out with their own variations of whole wheat this or whole grain that. So I figured, surely there exists a recipe that makes great-tasting whole wheat pretzels out there!

Off I went blog-hopping until I came across this particular one that just jumped out on me. It’s not just the fact that it garnered positive reviews, or that it had truly scrumptious-looking photos, although that is part of the reason why I chose this. I can’t fully explain it, just that the recipe simply called out to me, begging to be made. As odd as that may sound, I actually have half the mind to name these pretzels the one.
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The charm of homemade soft pretzels

I probably have a love affair with pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. Every time I pass by a store and get a whiff of their pretzels, I want to turn around and march right in line to get my favourite Sour Cream and Onion-flavoured ones. When I’m in the mall, even when I’m a floor above their store, just the smell of freshly-baked pretzels makes my mouth water. There’s just something about biting into the crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside pretzels that just gives me such great satisfaction.

Plus, I’ve always adored their shapes that I would watch the Auntie Anne’s bakers roll and twist the pretzels into shape with such deft, over and over. I was pretty certain making pretzels would be as fun as eating them. And I was right.
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