Monday, January 21, 2008

Pretzels & Sauerkraut

There are two foods that are virtually naked without a half liter of home brewed lager beer by their side. Perhaps it's the other way around. Home made pretzels and home made sauerkraut, just doesn't taste right, without a half liter of home brewed lager chasing them down.

A few nights ago I made my first soft pretzels. I used a recipe from allrecipes.com, and they came out pretty good, soft and chewy. It may be more challenging, but I'm planning to make a hard and shiny sourdough pretzel. The lagers will take a while, so there's time to work on it.

The next day I prepared my first sauerkraut. It's made with one red and one green head of cabbage sliced very thin, 4 tbs Kosher salt, ½ tsp caraways seeds, ¼ tsp whole peppercorns, and a few squeezes of grapefruit. Since there was too much, I added another ingredient to the additional 1 quart...halved juniper berries. I love a good kraut, so I hope this turns out to be very crunchy, tangy and tasty. It will ferment in the coolest corner of our home, so it should take about 4 weeks.

5 comments:

Eli said...

Nice!

I'm going to borrow both recipes.

Ted Danyluk said...

These pretzels are best fresh, cause they may turn a bit tough later, and the next day. Also, keeping the dough warm and moist, and treating it with care is the best approach for a softer and fluffier pretzel.

Never made the kraut before, and apparently, the more salt there is, the crunchier the fermented cabbage. Little or no salt should result in a softer bite. Let me know how it turns out.

Travis said...

Wow, I am so hungry right now just looking at those bad boys. I might try that to bring to a super bowl part.

Cheers

Casey said...

ever try auntie anne's pretzels? those are one of my guilty pleasures when i go to a food court in a mall. my favs are the almond one and the sour cream and onion one. you should try one if you never did. might give you some cool ideas on making some funky tasting pretzels.

Ted Danyluk said...

Hey Casey,

I don't recall ever buying a pretzel from the any mall. I guess I'll have to try it next time. Cheers.