Pretzels are delicious – they are one of my favorite snack foods. I like all kinds of pretzels but I am especially fond of the big, warm, chewy, soft pretzels with a thin line of yellow mustard all the way around it. I don’t much like the ones at the malls because they are too big, don’t have the right texture, and don’t remind me so much of the ones that I used to get outside Grants.
Just nothing like it.
Pretzels have been around about 1400 years. Although they are usually associated with German and Pennsylvania Dutch foods the twisted breads were first created by a monk in an Italian monastery. In Italy they were called pretiola but when they got to Germany they were dubbed bretzels.[pullquote]The phrase “tying the knot” came from the Swiss. The pretzel was considered lucky and newlyweds would make a wish and break the pretzel.[/pullquote] They have been a part of American culture since Pennsylvania was settled and possibly even before. Predictably, hard pretzels came about when a distracted baker’s apprentice let the pretzels stay in the oven too long – a happy accident for sure.
It was only a matter of time before someone tried to make a sandwich out of it, right? Pretzel rolls are awesome slathered with mustard and with pastrami and Swiss piled so high that the top doesn’t want to stay on. They are great with ham and cheese, or just as a roll with butter. Guess what?
They aren’t hard to make, either.
If you need a baking rack this one is great. You can use it as a cooling rack, baking rack, or glazing baked goods.