My daughter and I were walking in the mall. I hate malls. I hate shopping…except food shopping. But, my daughter was called out of work due to the weather & wanted me to go to the mall with her. Much to my dismay, I ended up at the mall. (I thought she had a driver’s license and a car just so I wouldn’t have to do this!) But, I’m getting off track. Back to the story.
Off to the mall we went. While there, we spied a pretzel place selling pretzels wrapped around a hotdog. Pretzel + Hot Dog = YUM!!! Being frugal and knowing I can cook just about anything (except Turducken but that’s another story), I passed on buying the Pretzel Wrapped Hot Dogs.
I thought about those hot dogs for a few days. I checked out my refrigerator and confirmed that I did indeed have hot dogs. Tonight, was the night! I gathered all my materials…flour, yeast, sugar, butter, baking soda and those hot dogs. And to make it easy, my bread machine. Off I went on my culinary adventure (hot dogs = culinary…ha, ha, ha).
I came up with a really great recipe that got 2 (count them) TWO thumbs up from my kids. Success!!! Enjoy…
Pretzel Wrapped Dogs
- 3/4 cups warm water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt (I used regular but you can use Kosher)
- 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp of butter cut into 4 equal pieces
Put into your bread machine and put on the dough cycle.
- about 10 cups water
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup baking soda
Once bread machine beeps and finishes its cycle, take dough out of the machine and cut into 8 equal pieces. Bring a big pan of water (about 10 cups or so) and baking soda to a boil.
Meanwhile, take each section of dough and roll each into a rope about 10 – 12 inches long. Wrap each dough rope around each hot dog and seal the ends.
Place pretzels 2 at a time in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. (1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi…or use a timer or guess)
Remove them with a slotted spoon and put on a greased baking sheet (I used a stone)
- 1 egg yolk beaten with a little water (I saved the white for an egg sandwich for tomorrow’s breakfast)
- Kosher salt
Brush each pretzel dog with egg and top with a sprinkle of salt. (or add some grated cheddar cheese = extra yummy)
Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Done and delicious!!!