Once upon a time, there was a little mouse, who lived in a little house by the edge of the sea.
He loved bread with all his heart, and his morning would not start, until with a baguette from the house he would part.
But this small little mouse with the large baguette, was often vexed and beset. For when he ran low and needed more, he’d often have trouble squeezing baguettes through his door.
Until one day to his delight, he discovered a pretzel. Such a beautiful sight! With the greatest of ease, it slipped through the door, and now our little mouse, is vexed no more.
He nibbles his pretzel and sips his tea, that tiny little mouse, in the house by the sea.
Mini Chef was begging me for some pretzels. I don’t keep them in the house because I can never find any store-bought pretzels that are clean. So instead, I did a quick google search for whole wheat pretzels and found a wonderful recipe that needed very little tweaking to make it clean.
Now, whenever Mini Chef and I bake together, I always make sure that I give him his own piece of dough to knead and play with. Because inevitably, it will end up on the floor and I don’t want that to be the fate of the entire batch of dough. So he always gets his own.
While he was kneading his dough, he was telling me a wild and crazy story concerning spaceships, hammers and his commission. I’m still not sure what that story was about, but somehow, he ended his story with a mouse in a house. The whole thing spiraled out from there, and the result is the little story you just read above.
As for this recipe, it’s is a keeper for sure! The pretzels turned out very soft and tender and the flavor is warm and inviting like most whole grain products are when they are fresh out of the oven. The kitchen smelled like an old fashion bakery!
These are actually more like a soft dinner roll. I love them! The possibilities with this recipe are endless really.
And if the idea of making bread scares you, don’t let it. This is very simple to make. And just for the record, these are also definitely Mini Chef approved!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- Clean Eating English Muffins
- Clean Eating Whole Wheat Bread Sticks (Grissini)
Clean Eating Soft Pretzels
(Makes approximately 13 pretzels)
- 1 packet rapid rise yeast
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 cup warm water (between 105-115 degrees F.)
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons safflower oil (any oil will work)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- Seeds or choice or course salt (I used chia seeds)
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine the warm water and honey in a medium bowl and stir until honey is dissolved.
- Pour in the yeast, stir very briefly just to incorporate, and set aside so it can foam.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
- Add the oil and the foamy yeast to the flour bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it becomes to thick to continue.
- Knead by hand for about 10 minutes. The dough will be very sticky, but after kneading for about 3-4 minutes, it should become a nice, smooth dough. It will still be sticky, but should not leave any dough behind on your hands. (You may need to stop and wash your hands first and then continue kneading to be sure.) If the dough continues to stick to your hands, add 1 tbsp. of flour more to the dough. Knead well. Repeat if necessary.
- Now you can shape your dough as shown below. The cord of dough in picture 1 is approximately 1/2 inch thick and approximately 14 inches long.
- Once you have all of your pretzels formed and on the cookie sheets, cover the sheets with a towel and let them sit for 1 hour. When you come back, they should be nice a “fluffy” (doubled in size).
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Now you can brush on the egg wash, sprinkle them with seeds and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool and serve.