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Homemade Pretzels

I haven't made homemade pretzels since we were in Alabama and I had forgotten how easy they are if not a little time consuming. I made these last week for Oscar night. They keep a long time in an airtight container. 1   (.25 ounce) package   active dry yeast 1 tablespoons   brown sugar 1  teaspoons   salt 1 ½   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 3   cups   all-purpose flour 1   cup   bread flour 2   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 2   tablespoons   baking soda 1-2   tablespoons   butter, melted 2   tablespoons  kosher salt Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Place the yeast, brown sugar and salt in the 1.5 cups of warm water. Stir to dissolve. Stir in the flour. Knead for about 7-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Let it rise for an hour (I place mine in the oven with the light on). Combine the two cups of warm water with the baking soda in a square shallow pan. After the dough has risen, cut it into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each section into a

Lemon Pound Cake

A most delicious pound cake and the best lemon one we've tried. We had it with strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy!

Lemon Pound Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (or enough for desired consistency)
Preheat the oven to 325. Generously grease a 10" Bundt pan with shortening or baking spray. Dust the pan with granulated sugar.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, lemon zest and lemon juice together. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light (about 3-4 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well.

Lower the speed of the mixer and beat in about 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture. Continue the procedure ending with the last 1/3 of flour mixture. Beat until incorporated, scraping the bowl and beaters as necessary.

The batter will be thick. Transfer it to the prepared Bundt pan and smooth the top. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Carefully run a thin-bladed knife around the edges of the pan and the center post. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

As the cake cools, prepare the syrup by combining the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

Remove the cake from the pan and brush it with the lemon syrup. Let the cake cool completely.

After the cake is totally cooled, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. You want a medium consistency, not too thick and not too thin, just to the point where it is run down the sides of the cake.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver


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