>> Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm known to be a little spontaneous in the kitchen. Alright. That's an understatement. I'm known to visit the fridge on a mission to get an apple . . . and return with, for example, frozen banana bites. Of course, yesterday's pretzel adventure was no exception.
We had mixed together some pumpkin pizza dough, and we were just waiting for it to rise. Stephen went upstairs to check his email. When he returned -- less than five minutes later -- he was greeted by this scene:
Chocolate-covered pretzels are nothing new. But when you made them with rods, they take on an awesome quality. They're pretty. They're fun. They taste great. They're also incredibly easy to make as a last-minute dessert-to-share for parties.
Plus, you can top them with anything you choose.
What you'll need . . .
- Pretzel rods (about 15)
- 1 cup good quality chocolate chips (we used dark, but experiment)
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter (or another nut butter)
- Equal parts raw peanuts and coconut flakes (or other toppings like sprinkles, dried cranberries, etc.)
Method . . .
- Toss the raw peanuts and coconut flakes into a food processor and pulse until chopped into smaller pieces. Set aside atop a large plate.
- In a shallow microwave safe bowl/dish, heat the chocolate and peanut butter and stir until smooth.
- Lay out a cookie sheet topped with wax paper. Set aside.
- Using a fork or spatula to help spread, dip the pretzel rod in the chocolate. Coat about 3/4 of it with a thin layer.
- Roll the pretzel -- relatively fast -- in the toppings. Just one good roll should do to coat evenly.
- Set rod on wax paper and continue until all ingredients are used.
- Place in your fridge until firm. Store in an air-tight container.
It's really that easy. I think it would be fun to make holiday-themed pretzels with different colored sprinkles. Maybe even use some white chocolate and food coloring. Who knows!
Even without toppings, these treats satisfy my cravings for sweet/salty.
We'd love to know: What's your favorite last-minute dish to share? We usually find ourselves bringing desserts because that's what I like to make. Have any fun/fast recipes to share? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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