There was a magical shop in the mall near my house. A place where warm, yeasty dough sat in big fat balls along a marbled counter, destined for a metal oven that would produce a burnished brown vessel of chewy, salty, slightly sweet goodness. Pretzels are warm, and happy, and holidays. My parents were always frugal, but come the holidays, they were willing to buy a pretzel per person. We’d sit down in a huddled heap on a cold bench, and tear into those big warm pretzels. When all the bread was eaten, I would press my fingers into the crevices of my paper bag and lick the kosher salt off my hands, making the moment last just a little longer.
I always wanted to take that feeling home, so you might understand why I love the new Pretzel Gift Box. It’s almost too fitting for the holidays, and includes everything you need to top homemade pretzels, including Andrea Slonecker’s cookbook, Pretzel Making at Home.
Andrea will teach you the basics, of course. But her cookbook also explores over fifty manifestations of the humble street food, from savory to sweet to jalapeno. To help make your pretzel experience truly magical, the gift box also includes small batch toppings: Jacobsen’s Flaked Sea Salt, Whole Spice Cinnamon Sugar, and a jar of Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard.
I love the idea of giving this as a present to someone you’d like to be in a kitchen with – a gift of food and time together. I may just send it to a friend who loves to cook. Send or order a Pretzel Gift Box in the Shop today!
Photos courtesy of Heidi/White Loft Studios and David Reamer (via AndreaSlonecker.com).
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