Like a lot of little girls I started baking early. These first attempts were mostly “helping” Grandma or Mom. I can't remember how old I was when I was first allowed the privilege of actually using that most dangerous of kitchen machines...the Stand Mixer! Dire warnings of wayward fingers getting caught in the midst of whirling beaters filled my childish brain. Even now I briefly flash back to that worry whenever I add ingredients or scrape down a moving mixer bowl. I reckon that's a good thing since all ten fingers remain intact aside from one index finger broken whilst playing catch the football with hubby. Anyone who knows him will vouch for his speed and accuracy. His tight spirals are like rockets! We have a difference of opinion on the who's to blame for my misshapen knuckle but that's another story...
The first recipe I ever made using yeast with no help was for soft homemade pretzels. I have no everlasting clue where the recipe even came from. You know how you have those memories from childhood that are mostly just “flashes”? I have a brief memory of rolling the dough out and forming the pretzel shapes on the kitchen counter. I remember being so proud of my skills especially when the end result was so delicious!!
Those memories were revisited today when I baked these 30 minute soft homemade pretzels I discovered on Sally's Baking Addiction. They were so easy and quick to make! Now I remember why baking pretzels was so much fun! Rolling the dough out is just like playing with Play Dough! This is a fast, fun recipe to make with your children and grandchildren. They will love to eat the end results and the memories will remain just like they did with me.
Do you have an especially early cooking or baking memory that made you feel proud? Leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!
Here are a few dipping recipes to try!
Honey Mustard Dip from Real Simple
Beer, Jalapeno and Cheddar Cheese Dip from Life and Kitchen
Way Too Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dip from Foods.com
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