Do you remember the days of going to the mall, standing in long lines just to buy a soft pretzel? You know which ones I’m talking about, the ones that were topped with course crunchy salt and had a shiny crust. Growing up I loved Auntie Anne’s and Wetzel Pretzel but after making my own, I soon came to realize what real good soft pretzels should taste like and I’ve never revisited the other pretzel places.
I think anything homemade is much better than store purchased but homemade soft pretzels are everything! The wonderful thing about them is that you can create them according to your favorite flavors and use the best quality ingredients. For these, I decided to make them with jalapeños, parsley, and stuffed with cheddar cheese. For the topping, I used additional finely chopped parsley, jalapeño, minced garlic, and Everything But The Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s.. The flavor was incredibly good and the pretzel was soft and fluffy. You can make these as spicy as you want, all you have to do is add more jalapeño. The only bad thing about them was that my family ate them so fast, I wasn’t able to eat one myself. These were fluffy enough to use as sandwich bread, which is exactly what my husband did.
One important step to preventing the cheese from leaking out during the cooking time is to ensure you cover and seal it between the dough. If you pinch the dough tightly around the cheese and roll the dough ropes a few more times after stuffing with cheese, you are able to create a tighter seal. Don’t worry though if some of the cheese leaks through, it’s still going to taste incredibly delicious.
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