Do you celebrate Festivus on December 23rd? It’s the secular holiday made famous by the sitcom Seinfeld. It’s Festivus for the rest of us…and it’s what we’re celebrating today with an airing of grievances, feats of strength, the famous aluminum pole and traditional Festivus dinner. So gripe away while you’re planning your celebration. And be sure to add these challah pretzels to your menu.
My pretzel making days go back 15 years to when my youngest was in preschool. One of their craft projects with Mrs. Piccolo was to make homemade pretzels. From that day onward, I had numerous requests from Nick to bake up a batch of soft pretzels. When challah came up in our Tuesdays with Dorie queue, I decided to take half that dough to make challah pretzels. I adore an eggy bread and these pretzels were chewy and perfect. Some were sprinkled with coarse sea salt and the rest with sesame seeds. Bill came home from work and had a nibble off one, then a few minutes later another nibble, till he finally just finished the whole thing. Nick gave them his seal of approval as well. And he took a ziploc bagful back to campus after Thanksgiving break…I have a feeling they won’t last long.
Now check out all the other magnificent Festivus recipes from my lovely friends. Do you remember these Seinfeld episodes? Feel free to leave any grievances in the comments!
- Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen is making Marble Rye from “The Rye”
- Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is making Calzones from “The Calzone”
- Renee from Magnolia Days is making Eggnog Frozen Yogurt from “The Non-Fat Yogurt”
- Isabelle from Crumb is making Cherry Almond Muffin Tops from “The Muffin Tops”
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is making Challah Pretzels from “The Alternate Side”
- Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut is making Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes from “The Hamptons”
- Kelli from Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts is making a Big Salad from “The Big Salad”
- Kelly from Kelly Bakes is making Mulligatawny Soup from “The Soup Nazi”
- Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More is making Cream Puffs from “The Gymnast”
- Marnely from Cooking with Books is making Apple Pie from “The Pie”
- Diane from Created by Diane is making Black and White Cookies from “The Dinner Party”
- Anita from Hungry Couple is making Chocolate Babka from “The Dinner Party”
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- ½ cup lukewarm water (about 110°)
- ⅓ cup sugar, plus a pinch
- 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons, melted butter
- 1 cup milk (whole milk preferred)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2½ teaspoons salt
- 4 eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 egg beaten with 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon
- cream to glaze
- About 6 cups bread flour
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water with the pinch of
- sugar and let stand until creamy and starting to bubble.
- Combine the butter pieces and milk in a microwave safe container. Heat in microwave till the butter melts. Stir in the remaining ⅓ cup of sugar, the honey and salt. Let cool slightly (mixture should be lukewarm not hot). Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and, with the paddle attachment, stir in the dissolved yeast and the 4 eggs.
- Add 5 cups of the flour and mix till combined. Switch out to your dough hook, and knead for 8-10 minutes, till dough is smooth and elastic (adding as much additional flour as needed so that dough cleans the sides of the bowl).
- Brush a large bowl generously with some of the melted butter. Transfer the dough to the buttered bowl and brush the top with the remaining melted butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
- Punch down the dough, then cover and let rise until doubled in bulk again,about 1¼ hours.
- Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough in half. Cover one half with plastic wrap and divide the other half into 8 equal pieces Using lightly floured hands, roll each piece into a 12-14-inch rope. Shape into a pretzel shapes by making two loops then crossing one tail across the other. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Cover and let rise till doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Brush with egg and cream glaze and sprinkle with coarse salt, sesame or poppy seeds.
- Preheat oven to 375º Bake for 20 minutes, brush with more glaze if desired, then rotate pans and bake for another 10 minutes or till pretzels are golden.
And now for the giveaway! Please follow the Rafflecoptor prompts below for a chance to win one of the nine amazing gifts we’re offering…from Seinfeld DVDs to fresh lobster…to baking and cooking supplies!! I wish I could enter!
The Festivus giveaway includes 1 (one)- Seinfeld Complete Season DVD Box Set. 2 (two) 1.5 lb live lobsters from Lobster.com (These will be shipped overnight coordinated with the winner) 1 (one) – 10 piece Kenmore nonstick cookware set. 1 (one) – King Arthur Flour Baking Set. 1 (one) – Wilton Bake Pan Set. 1 (one) – OXO Salad Kit. 1 (one) – OXO Baking Set. 1 (one) – Soup Maker Cookbook and 1 (one) – Pie Making Cookbook Set.
Winners will be picked by random draw and the giveaway is open to U.S. residents.
Thanks to our AMAZING sponsors who have provided some wonderful supplies so you can make all these Festivus dishes!