Jim and I spent the weekend with Nate, and by now you all know that he and I love to cook together. I was trying to think of something different and fun for us to make, and I decided it would be fun to make bread. But which kind? I narrowed it down to Challah Bread and Pretzel Bread. We decided that pretzel bread would go with the homemade vegetable beef soup that we were having for dinner that night. Boy were we right. This bread is fabulous! Our biggest challenge was making sure we had enough left over to serve with our soup when his parents got home. For this project I was Nate’s assistant. He’s becoming a wonderful cook!!
The bread was a huge hit with everyone. Even Jim asked me to make some when we got home, and he is not a homemade bread lover. I know, right? Who doesn’t love homemade bread? Well, Jim doesn’t. Go figure!
I hope you will try this recipe and let me know what you think.
Here’s Nate measuring the flour.
When adding the baking soda to the boiling water you have to be careful and do it slowly because it bubbles quite violently.
Brushing melted butter on the loaves is just what this bread needs to have a nice soft, chewy crust. We only made one cut in the top of the loaves and probably should have done two. It helps release the steam and bake better. It didn’t affect the taste, but they would have been prettier with double cuts. We thought it was pretty funny that one of the loaves looks almost like a face.