Left Over Pizza Dough Pretzels

Ingredients
  • Left over pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar, brown sugar, agave, maple syrup, whatever sweetener you've got
  • 1 egg
  • Coarse salt
Instructions
  • Divide pizza dough into the number of pretzels you'd like/have dough for.
  • Roll out each section until you have dough rope. Mine were about 3/4 of an inch in circumference.
  • Shape your pretzels. You can do this the manual way or you can use this video tutorial on shaping pretzels from Food 52. Allow pretzels to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Bring 8 cups of water to a rapid simmer (I recommend using a stock pot for this). Add 1/4 cup of baking soda. This will foam. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir to dissolve.
  • With a slotted spoon, place your pretzels in the water bath. Don't let them touch. Let each side of the pretzel simmer in the water for about 30 seconds.
  • Place pretzels on a baking sheet. Brush with egg (I used egg replacer). Sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes and cool on a rack.

These pretzels are making me thirsty

I've found a rhythm in my design life recently and, while it has been a long time coming, the new design is finally here. I feel like my blog has finally been legitimized by the outside world. Which is definitely true considering the server-crashing volume of visits I get. Not really.

I've found a rhythm in the kitchen, too. I've finally learned to cook for one person, manage my inventory, and do less time-consuming, meticulous meal planning. All of these things make me happy.

A perfect example of this "managing inventory" nonsense is left over pizza dough pretzels. I've never considered using pizza dough for anything other than pizza crust, so this has opened up almost infinite possibilities. Turns out pizza dough makes a pretty good pretzel. But really it was probably the water bath and egg[replacer] that made the pretzel. I was dreading the water bath after making cabbage rolls a couple weeks ago, but it was really nothing in comparison. It took longer to prepare the water bath than to actually give the pretzels a bath. Is that concept weird to anyone else?

I've been playing around with vegan cheeses lately. I made a cashew cheese a few weeks ago that was pretty good. It was better mixed into something, like a broccoli rice casserole that was unbelievably vegan, than straight. For these pretzels, I made a tahini based "cheese" sauce. The cheese is pretty good straight, but when I made it into a dipping sauce for the pretzels, I added some FFF Yum Yum. I can't say I was crazy about the dipping sauce. I definitely oversalted. Oh well. I've got plenty of the tahini based cheese to find something it works with. I've also got cauliflower ready to go for vegan alredo sauce. I'll report back on that soon. 

Lately, I've kinda got the vegan bug. Most 25 year old women have a the baby bug, but hey. Butt hay. I went to see Mad Max earlier this summer strictly because the art direction looked fantassssstic. I really had no other expectations. Well, turns out I think about that movie pretty much everyday. Here's the quote:

"Do not, my friends, become addicted to water, or it will take hold of you and you will resent its absence!"

Oh shit. 

So, you can see why I've recently considered a vegan diet. But, if you can't, I'll explain: I know that meat requires more water to produce than vegetables. Cheese also requires more water than produce. Ultimately, this means that a vegan diet uses the least amount of water to produce than any other diet. Living on Lake Michigan, which seems to be a never ending supply of fresh water, really kinda fucks up our view on the water supply. Fresh water is not a bottomless resource. One day we will run out and the Region is going to feel the effects of sharing our fresh water with the rest of the country, if not world. While things suck here, we do have a fresh water supply to be eternally grateful for.

I have 3 fears in life: 1) virtual reality, 2) the end of the fresh water supply, and 3) mental illness. This tells you that I live in constant fear everyday since virtual reality exists and the water supply will definitely run out (we will address mental illness later). Being a vegan makes me feel like I am doing the responsible thing for the future, which currently seems pretty bleak. 

I'm not saying I'm going to be a full out vegan. I'm not ready for that kind of commitment yet. It's almost impossible to eat out as it is and I really don't want to remove that luxury from my life. However, I am being far more conscious of the meals I make at home. I even made cashew milk, which has proved to be a great vegan fridge staple (and super easy to make) as I have made cashew yogurt from it and substituted milk in countless meals. 

But, if I'm being honest, I'm really just not ready to be a vegan because I once heard that vegetarianism is a manifestation of mental illness. So, if veganism is extreme vegetarianism, a manifestation of mental illness must be a full-blown diagnosis of mental illness. In a scenario in which I become a vegan to prolong the water supply's expiration date, it forces me to accept my final unconfirmed fear as certified. I think for now, I'd rather just pretend to be only as crazy as everyone else, albeit slightly more neurotic. 

 

Betty Davis

They Say I'm Different • 1974

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