Eat Drink & Be Mary: TV Night Snacks: Homemade Soft Pretzels + Coca-Cola

5.24.2017

TV Night Snacks: Homemade Soft Pretzels + Coca-Cola

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #PlayPauseRefresh #CollectiveBias


If you asked Thomas and I what are favorite thing to do together the PG answer would be to watch tv together.  Y'all we are serious about our shows.  Don't even bother trying to make Thursday night plans with us, we've got plans.  And when a series comes out consider our weekend booked, we will be bingeing the entire thing.  
And it's no secret we take our snacks just as seriously.  One of our favorite combos?  Homemade soft pretzels and Coca-Cola.  Classic.


Although my husband and I's personalities are very different {a post on why we work here} we are both pretty big introverts and homebodies.  And we seriously get excited when we have a night of shows to catch up on.  Snuggling up on the couch with a Coca-Cola and a salty snack is our kind of a good night.  

Thomas has been a die hard Coca-Cola and popcorn kinda dude since we met.  As in, its his go to snack every night.  

Lately, we've tried to switch our salty snacks up a bit, and often go for sushi (obsessing over spicy tuna lately).  My dad made us soft pretzels on our last visit, and they reminded me of the soft pretzels I made with my Grandmama a couple years ago.  So of course, I had to make them again this past weekend for Thomas and I to enjoy while catching up on our favorite shows.  

And what kinda blogger would I be if I didn't share the recipe with you for your next TV night?



BUT, before I share all the salty-goodness details.  I have sweepstakes deets for ya.  Are you planning on having a girls night, game night or TV night?  Here's how you can enter the sweepstakes.
1. Pick up your favorite Coca-Cola beverage and program your night.
2. Take a picture of how you enjoy your Coca-Cola during your TV night.  Make sure the program you are watching is on the TV but out of the picture.
3. Share your photo on Twitter or Instagram with both #programyournight and #sweepstakes for a chance to win cool prizes.


And now for the recipe...



DOUGH INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 package Active Dry Yeast
4 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 stick of Butter, Melted
vegetable oil

BOILING  INGREDIENTS:
10 cups of Water
2/3 cups of Baking Soda

EGG WASH INGREDIENTS: 
1 Egg Yolk, beaten 
1 tsp water

*my dad suggests Sea Salt to use for the Pretzel Salt


INSTRUCTIONS: preheat oven to 450F

1. Mix together in a stand mixer water, sugar, and salt.  Then add in the yeast and wait 5 minutes while the yeast begins to foam/bubble.

2. Add in the flour and butter.  Using the dough hook, mix until combined thoroughly.

3.  Change to medium speed, and continue to mix for 4-5 minutes.  The dough should begin to form a ball and become less sticky.  Add flour as needed until the dough begins to "bounce back" when you press your finger against it.  (I had to add approx. 1/4 cup)

4. Remove dough from bowl, oil the bowl and return the dough to the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 50 minutes (until it doubles in size) in a warm area.  

*I usually sit the bowl ontop of the stove while the oven begins to preheat

5. Brush a cookie sheet with vegetable oil and set aside.

6. Divide dough into 8 sections.  

7.  Roll each section into snakes and then twist to form your pretzels.  Set aside.  

*If you are having trouble creating the pretzel shape, I suggest looking up a youtube video.  Confession: I'm TERRIBLE at this and have my husband help.

8.  Bring to a rolling boil, 10 cups of water and 2/3 baking soda. 

9.  While the water is beginning to boil create your egg wash for the pretzels. 

10.  Boil each pretzel individually for 30 seconds, and then set on the oiled cookie sheet.  Brush with the egg wash and top with pretzel salt.  

11.  Bake pretzels at 450F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

12.  Allow to cool and enjoy!

I dare you not to eat them all in one TV night! ;)










What is your favorite activity to do with your husband/boyfriend/best friend?  What is your go-to TV snack?  Are you an introvert or extrovert?  Find more TV inspiration with Coca-Cola here.



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