Monday, February 8, 2010

I've been featured and yummy pretzels!

A few days ago, on one of the many papercrafting blogs I read, Taylor from Taylored Expressions posted a jar of cupcakes she made.  I'm normally not a story-teller-comment-leaver, BUT, with deployment looming overhead it reminded me of something I made for my husband while he was deployed.
It was nearing his birthday, and I'm not much of a baker to begin with, I get along, but nothing spectacular.  I had sent cookies and such but nothing that lasts very long, with shipping taking nearly 2 weeks, you have to eat things right away once received.  Well, my husband isnt a big sweet eater so I know when I send things it will probably go to waste or to the community snack pile.  SO, I had heard rumor of baking bread in jars, canning bread basically and figured I could do the same with brownies and blue berry muffins, some of our favorites. I had no luck finding the directions on how to do this so I made up my own. I found some wide mouth, 8oz, glass canning jars at our local grocery and decided these would be the perfect size for muffins and brownies and went to town making him some goodies that would hopefully last the travel to him and something he would be able to enjoy for a few weeks to come. It worked and I will be be doing this again this week so I can show you how I did it.

So no post is really complete without some photos, so I thought I would tell you about some yummy pretzels I made with a recipe from Mamabee . In true Carole fashion I had to make the recipe my own and here is what I did.

Here they are before cooking and after rising, I definitely need to work on my technique!
I added cinnamon, sugar and raisins to some, italian seasoning and garlic salt to a few, and diced jalepenos to  the rest.  When they came out of the oven I brushed with butter and topped with the appropriate seasoning, cinnamon sugar, grated parmesan cheese, and sea salt.

And here they are toasty brown.  Some had been sampled, shhh...
They were very misshaped, but oh so yummy.  Just like pretzels from the mall, but better!


Beth- the mama bee said...

I can't wait to see the muffins in a jar. We haven't added much to our pretzles. I'll have to try that. Once, we stuffed them with pepperoni and cheese.

TheShoppingGirl said...

I am presenting you the Sunshine Award. I linked your blog to my post if you would like to accept. Keep up the great work!

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