As I was in the grocery store looking for a decent snack, I incubated a new idea. I absolutely love mustard pretzels, but they are usually $2-3 more than I want to spend, and several extra ingredients more than I want to eat. An idea started incubating and now it’s hatched!
Why not make my own mustard pretzels, I thought? So I did, and now you can too. I like making my own snack foods when I have time because I like controlling the ingredients.
1 bag of sourdough pretzel pieces, 15 ounces
Plain yellow mustard, 1/2 cup
Honey, 1/4 cup
Small bowl, whisk, large mixing bowl, sheet pan.
I started by measuring the mustard, then made a kind of cup in the mustard by coating the sides with it. That way I could pour the honey into, straight from the jar. I did this with half my mustard so it would fill a half cup measure in total. It was really easy to clean the measuring cup afterwards!
Similarly, I poured a little water into my mixing bowl first, so the honey would have less chance of sticking there, too. Don’t use much here, a quarter cup at the absolute most. I whisked it all together then added the other 1/4 cup of mustard. I gave it a final whisk.
I poured the pretzel pieces into the large mixing bowl, then poured the coating on top, mixing it all thoroughly with clean hands.
I placed the coated pieces on the baking sheet in a single layer, then baked in the oven for 60 minutes at 250 degrees.
Stir them every fifteen minutes or so.
If your pretzels are still damp, they may need a bit of drying on the counter or in a warm oven. I live in a dry climate so don’t have that issue.
I found these to have a milder flavor than my favorite brand, but I liked the price and ingredients a lot better!
You can, of course, alter this recipe to your own tastes. You could add cayanne or garlic, both would be amazing, change the mustard type to something else, or dream up something interesting like using ranch dressing mix as part of the recipe!
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