Homemade Baked Pretzels - For A Good Cause " BreadLine Africa"

A very dear blogger friend Ann has tagged me for this noble cause event..Thanks a lot Ann..This is a baking event and i love to bake..I started learning baking about 3 years ago when i came to USA after marriage and to tell you the truth i haven't stopped since then..i love to bake anything that can please my hubby and my little daughter
..So here is a great recipe for making Homemade Pretzels which i found here..

But before i go into the recipe..Here is some details on Breadline Africa Event

On 15 October, we launched The Breadline Africa Worldwide Blogger Bake Off. The Blogger Bake Off is an online campaign that challenges blogger to get involved by baking bread, and then acting by donating to end poverty. And then, challenge their readers and five other blogger to do the same.With the money raised, we will be supporting grass roots community projects aimed at ending poverty and hunger in Africa. We’ll be placing container kitchens, vegetable gardens and more in poor communities, sending emergency food relief where needed and helping these poor communities to help themselves.

The rules for blogger are outlined below:

If you are tagged, copy and paste the rules into your post.

Bake bread, do something you would’t normally do, and blog about it. Upload your picture and recipe.

Give dough, donate to Breadline Africa and help us end poverty.

Tag five blogger, and ping us so we know you’ve done so.

The person who raises the most funds will get to name a Breadline Africa community kitchen and win $500 Amazon Vouchers.

There are also three minor prizes of $250 Amazon vouchers for people who receive the most votes in the following categories: Most Unusual Recipe; Most Nutritious Recipe and Most Traditional Recipe.

Breadline Africa is a registered charity in South Africa that is seeking to put an end to poverty in South Africa and further afield in Africa. Their aim is to break the cycle of poverty and help communities to achieve long term self-sustainability. Breadline Africa was founded in 1993 by social workers and communities in South Africa with minded colleagues in Europe, (who were well placed to source out donations). They are geared to help fund small ground level projects in Africa which are most likely to succeed with financial help.

On Blog Action Day Breadline Africa launched their Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off campaign. The aim is to raise $1 million in funds for a project to convert shipping containers into locations for food production and distribution in Africa. It is hoped that these sustainable community kitchens will not only provide food such as bread and soup to those in need, but also opportunities for skills development within poor communities.This bake-off gives us baking blogger the power to make a difference in this world. What do we do? Bake bread. Give Dough. Feed Africa. Vals says, "You can sign up for the campaign, make a donation, upload your bread recipes and document your culinary adventures in the media center to spread the word. You don't have to donate money but simply just mention the campaign and create awareness."

Here is the recipe by Belinda



For pretzel dough:

1 packet active dry yeast
1 Cup of warm water
2-3/4 Cup flour
1 tbsp sugar or honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil or butter

For boiling:

4 Cups water
2 tbsp baking soda

For topping pretzels before baking:

kosher salt OR herbs of choice
Or cinnamon sugar
Or finely grated cheeses
Or anything you like


1) In warm water, add sugar/honey & yeast, let it sit for 5 minutes until if gets foamy
2) Combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, salt & oil in a mixing bowl.
3) Add yeast mixture & mix until well blended.
4)Add remaining 1 1/4 cups of flour & knead the dough for about 3 minutes by hand.
5) Form the dough into a ball, coat it lightly with oil , cover and let it rise for one hour.
6)Dough should double in size after an hour.
7) Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal sized balls.
8)Put the balls onto a cookie sheet ( about 2 inch apart), cover lightly & let it rise for 15 minutes.
9) Roll each ball into a 16 inch length to make a pretzel shape or any shape you like.
10)Let it rest for few minutes.
11)Preheat the oven to 475 & spray the cookie sheet with coking spray.
12) In a non-aluminum pot, bring remaining 4 cups water to a boil with baking soda.
13) Add pretzels in the boiling water ( do not crowd) & boil one minute each, turning once.
14) Take out the pretzels & place them on the cookie sheet and sprinkle it with the toppings you like
15) Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Note:- You can also bake them without topping and after they are baked brush them with butter and now sprinkle the topping you desired on top..

Serve hot right after baking..Enjoy:)

I would like to tag



Varsha Vipins said...


Preety said...

wow that's fast varsha..thanks

sowmya said...

pretzels look superb..would love to try it someime..
Thanks for tagging me..actually have already posted a cheese bread recipe for the cause..will see if can do something else..thanks Btw..

Anonymous said...

Preety,I have fallen for your Pretzels..!! Drools and you have done a great job for a great cause..Admiring the spirit..
Reg baking,same here..I too bake often for my daughter.

Anonymous said...

simply wonderful!!!!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that bread looks sooooo prefoessionally baked. my goodness.

Swapna said...

It looks g8

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks soft, moist and yummy. Baking for a good cause is always gr8. Nice to know that you are hosting the event Cooking for Kids...

Asha said...

Love those homemade Pretzels, so yum!:)

Sunanda said...

looks so yummy..My kid ll definitly like this..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Homemade Pretzels... Sounds great. Turned out perfect for u. I have never tried making one at home. Great job...YUM!

phanitha said...

These are my fav..thanks for sharing the recipe...

sagari said...

these look beautifullll preeti

Vibaas said...

Have something for you, Preety : http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com/2009/01/healthy-savory-toast.html

Will definitely experiment on baking something :)

Sunanda said...

Congrats! There is an award for you in my blog. Click Here

Viki Xavier. said...

Wow home made pretzels look delighting dear.

Preety said...

thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments

Usha said...

The pretzels look absolutely awesome :-)

Sathya Sankar said...

Hi preety,
Pretzels looks wonderful....
congrats for your award too.
first time here, you have a nice blog.

Passionate About Baking said...

WOW...I don't think I've seen pretzels this pretty in ages. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Passionate About Baking said...

I think my comment got lost?

Joie de vivre said...

These look wonderful Preety! I'm bookmarking them!

Neha said...

these are looking so beautiful dear. n for a nobel cause too, Kuddos..

Anonymous said...

you have a lovely blog with good collection of recipes.i just came across today -- i guess you are a punju - i am a die hard fan of rajma-chawal - we used to have it a lot in our punju friends house - but now we are far away n i only long for that often.Now i saw rajma in your blog i wanna try - just can you tell me how many cooker whistles shd i blow for rajma to boil.Please clear this
Sorry for such a long comment n rajma doubt under baking recipe.


Preety said...

Hey Pooja, i ususally cook Rajma for about 25-30 minutes in pressure cooker..as my pressure cooker don't whistle so i am not exactly sure how many whistles you will be needin..but you can try cooking it on high until first whistle comes and then cook it on medium heat for the remaning time..hope it helps..if you have any other questions pl do ask me..thanks for dropping by also

KV said...

Hi Preety, those looks amazing! just like the ones that we get in bakeries here..we call them the brezel here

Anonymous said...

Thnxs for that quick reply...


kittymatti said...

Wow!!! I am going to make this over the weekend!! Superb post!! The pic looks fantastic :)

Sam said...

Wow....Yummy!! It looks so beautiful. It really sounds delicious.

Shri said...

This is a great cause indeed, Preety!They came out very well...They look so buttery!Yummo!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

wow..always wanted to bake pretzels at home..sp.for my mom...she just love jalapeƱo pretzel...will surely try and let you know...Thanks for sharing..

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