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Two Peas and Their Pod: Soft Pretzels and Oreo Truffles

Monday, September 22, 2008

Soft Pretzels and Oreo Truffles

On Saturday Doug, Angie, Noah, and Leah came over to watch the University of Utah football game. They won, Go Utes!! We had a great time visiting, cheering, playing with the kiddies, and of course snacking!

Josh wanted to make homemade pretzels again, but this time we used Bobby Flay's recipe. They are similar to the last ones we made, but these have brown sugar and a little more butter. We really like both recipes, but Josh thinks this one is a tad better. He also perfected his cheese sauce! So make sure to try this recipe. It is really good!!

We also made Oreo Truffles for a sweet treat! They were easy to make and great bite size treats!

Soft Pretzels

Adapted from Bobby Flay

Queso Poblano Sauce:
½ Tablespoon unsalted butter
½ Tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
8 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, grated
1 poblano chiles, roasted, seeded and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black p
3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves

Soft Pretzels:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil

3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

For the Queso Poblano Sauce:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the Pepper Jack cheese, poblano chiles, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the Pretzels: Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring the water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape: take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.

Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating. Dip into desired sauces.

Oreo Truffles
Adapted from Kraft Food and Family and Bakerella

1 package oreo cookies, 16 ounces (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)

White chocolate-the kind made for dipping! Either bark or the discs.

1. Crush cookies in a food processor and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.

2. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.

3. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. I melted dark chocolate and drizzled it on the white!

4. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

Makes about 36 truffles.

FYI: It helps to freeze the uncoated balls for a few minutes to keep the mixture from starting to fall apart in the melted chocolate. If this becomes a problem, dip them in the chocolate, let dry and then dip again. They are also good dipped in regular milk or dark chocolate. Try different types of Oreos for fun, such as mint, peanut butter, holiday, etc.

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Blogger Dee said...

I can't take my eyes off the Oreo Truffles - my kid and his friends would love me forever if I whip up a batch. Nothing like a little bribery, eh?

8:09 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Yum- what great party food! So, out of the 2 pretzel recipes, which one do you recommend? I wanted to try them, but I am not sure if I am up to doing both, although I do like comparing. Those Oreo truffles are amazing.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

The pretzel's look great but the truffles are calling my name. YUM.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUM! I LOOOOOOOVE homemade pretzels adn these look absolutely fabulous!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

We really liked both pretzel recipes but if you are going to try only one, I would use Bobby Flay's version. We really liked them! They were a bit softer and Josh's cheese sauce this time was to die for! Don't forget to do some cinnamon sugar ones too! They are a nice treat!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

What great football food! I love them and want to take a bite of both right now! My kids love soft pretzels, never thought to make my own. Will have to try now!

So are the Utes the Aggies? I think there are some Aggies in Utah, not sure? (My name is unrelated to any "Aggie" just a nickname!) : )

9:08 AM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Yummy Yummy! Great looking pretzels! I like how your cute truffles match the plate!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Thistlemoon said...

Those are some seriously nice treats! Wow! Those pretzels look great!

9:34 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Wow, I bet your guests were in awe of the perfect party food. The truffles look divine.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I want some of that cheese sauce!! Actually, I'll take some of all of it!

9:43 AM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

those pretzels look delicious. good thing i haven't made the other pretzel recipe, cause i am going to make these instead!

9:43 AM  
Blogger mattbeatty said...

Holy those oreo truffles look good. I think I'll be trying that recipe. And I'm a huge huge pretzel fan (all kinds), so that looks like a winner too!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

did you not LOVE the bakerella truffles?? i'm a huge fan of her cakeballs too. although it's hit the 'net like a storm, not that many people are doing it so it's such a fun treat to take to folks!

nice job on the recent postings, btw. lots of fun/new recipes and feedback. v.inspiring, guys!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Yum, yum, yum! I will think of nothing else until I make those truffles! The truffles look great, too!

I left you guys a little award because I love your blog! You can claim it over on my blog.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I want to come to your football parties!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Nicole and Abe said...

Mmmm...those pretzels look so good. I will need to try and make them. I made your chewy chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips last night. They are so good! I will need to call you and catch up soon.
love ya!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Dianne's Dishes said...

Pretzels and truffles! Yum!

I've always wanted to make soft pretzels, but I have never gotten around to it yet. I may have to try them soon!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Thank you SO much for inviting us over AND making these yummy treats for us! I LOVED it all! Guess what?!!? The truffles that you gave us are almost gone...that is how incredibly good they are! We will definitely be up to visit again...hopefully we will move up there soon so that we can come over more often :). Thanks!!!!!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

WOW those pretzels look amazing. I absolutely must make them!

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love the oreo truffles! They look so fancy! Come to my blog, ya'll won a award!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Tina Butler said...

I love Oreo Truffles I make them every holiday. Those pretzels look so good. I think i am going to make them for my kiddos. They love the soft pretzels.

12:15 PM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

You really put out a nice spread here. Heaven knows I'd be all over those dreamy truffles.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Both look so good. I have made the truffles before and they are just decadent.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

The pretzels look so yummy. I ve never tried and i m really tempted to try these. The cheese sauce looks yummy. The Oreo truffles look really nice.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

both the soft pretzels and oreo truffles look good! I love eating soft pretzel from Auntie Annie, but am too intimidated to make them. It looks so complicated to shape! You did a great job. :)

2:57 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Those oreo truffles had me drooling! The pretzles also look really puffy and chewy.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Love the truffles (just like everyone else). They are a perfect snack party food :)

4:48 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

oh my goodness...those pretzels look wonderful! I can't wait to try them - I've never made pretzels before! I have heard of the oreo truffles and have been wanting to try them - yum!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

OMG...pretzles agian??
AND oreo truffles?? Are you trying to kill us!
Soooo very yummy!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

i've always wanted to make homemade pretzels, i'll bookmark this recipe :) i love the oreo truffles too; if you haven't tried them, you should try the cookie dough truffles in my blog too

7:17 PM  
Blogger Prudy said...

Perfect timing! We are making your pretzels tomorrow, so now we will make your new pretzel recipe instead. Is that the best one to try first? Let me know before tomorrow afternoon if I chose the wrong one.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

The oreo truffles look something you would find in an upscale bakery. I want to come over for your next get together!

4:09 AM  
Blogger alexandra's kitchen said...

these look gorgeous! really perfected now. They look more golden and doughy and delicious. And the oreo truffles look lethal. yum!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I've made the oreo truffles before but didn't dip them in chocolate! That totally "kicks them up to notches unknown!" to quote Emeril.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I have always wanted to try these truffles, yours look delicious! The pretzel recipes sounds great as well! I have made homemade soft pretzels before, but maybe I will try this recipe.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Usha said...

Wow truffles and pretzels...both look tempting and mouth watering :)

2:28 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

very New York-ish! minus the poblano sauce!
(Bobby Flay is a New Yorker!).

5:14 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oreo truffles are DIVINE aren't they?! I adore them as well as cake balls. Have experimented with a few different kinds myself. :) I actually have the ingredients here to make oreo truffles and hoped to put them together today before hubby and the kids find the Oreos LOL

5:46 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Those pretzels look freaking amazing! I want to try making them! I wish I had yeast on hand!! Maybe once we move I will give this a whirl!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thanks for the tip on Bobby Flay's pretzel recipe, I'll give it a try. Your pretzel dip looks great too, I can't wait to try it.

11:59 AM  
Blogger fittingbackin said...

I just found your blog from Itzy's Kitchen and am SO making these for a shower later this month! Thanks - about to go peruse your site for more recipes - i've gotten so obsessed with cooking!

12:34 PM  

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