i hate moving. i'm not a big fan of apartment hunting. i hate packing and i hate unpacking. i hate deciding where everything should be going. i hate hauling stuff in and out trucks. it's insanely tiring.
a few months ago, we moved 47 miles from our old house to sacramento for school. the move happened a few days before school started that i was still in the process of moving and hauling stuff out of my car during the first few weeks of school. to make things worse, that was the busiest time of school. i, however, survived that chaotic time - beaten and bruised.
the first semester of nursing school was a challenge. the move; change of workload; getting rear ended on the third week of school; dealing with the fact that our dog was allergic to trees, grass, molds and storage mites (yes, i know); crazy schedules; and extreme procrastination all contributed to the high level of stress i had in the past few months and since i was not very good at time management, studying always had to take a back seat. i am just glad previous knowledge helped me stay afloat and survive.
1 1/4 cup warm water, about 105-110 degrees F
4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
3-4 cups all purpose flour
6 cups hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1. in a large bowl or the bowl of you kitchenaid mixer, sprinkle yeast and sugar in warm water and stir to combine. set aside for about 10 minutes or until foamy.
2. once the yeast is foamy, add sugar, salt, oil and start with 3 cups of flour. mix until it forms a dough. this will be a a soft and moist. if it is too sticky add a little bit more flour. i have made this a few times and i never used all 4 cups. knead dough until it's smooth, about 7-8 minutes.
3. lightly oil a large bowl, place dough, making sure the entire dough is oiled up so it doesn't dry up. cover with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm place and let it rise until it doubles in size, about an hour. i place my dough in the microwave with boiled water in mugs surrounding it. it works perfectly all the time.
4. preheat oven to 400 degrees F. in a large pan or baking dish combine hot water and baking soda.
5. turn out risen dough into a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal portions. roll each portion into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. to make buns, divide dough into 6 or 8 equal portions, shape into smooth balls.
6. once dough is formed, dip it into the baking soda solution and place into a parchment lined/greased baking sheet.
7. bake for pretzels for 12-13 minutes or 15-17 minutes if making buns or until brown. let it cool on racks.