Tuesday, October 25, 2011

running + soft honey pretzels

Otherwise known as, more food less running!  Running is going pretty well.  I feel like I'm starting to get some of my pep back.  I ambiguously decided to do this morning's interval workout at my current estimated tempo pace since I won't get in a tempo this week, and it was solid.  Not remarkable, but not terrifyingly slow at 98% of my max HR like last week.  I also did my first double-digit run since the race a few days ago and was more than pleased with the effort level (easy) and execution (not a total hot fricken mess).  
I don't think I'm going to be in fast shape by Richmond but I feel solid and I'll be happier to hang onto my base without any little twinges popping up.  I'm happy with where my running is right now.  I feel like I'm recovered from Waterman's and now just want to keep pumping out mostly easy miles.


Onto the food!  A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to try and make this recipe for apple honey challah bread, but it didn't rise properly and I got bored trying to fix it, so I turned it into a soft pretzel recipe.  Here's my extremely bastardized version of it (adapted from smitten kitchen).


Ingredients
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
1/3 cup + 1 tsp honey
1/3 cup oil
2 large eggs + 1 large yolk + 1 egg
1 1/2 tsp salt 
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tbsp sugar
Large sea salt or pretzel salt crystals


Whisk yeast and 1 tsp honey into 2/3 cup of warm water.  It will get foamy and bubbly.  Let it stand for about 5 minutes.  Pour yeast mixture into mixing bowl, add in oil, 1/3 cup honey, 2 eggs and 1 yolk and whisk together.  I used my stand mixer and switched over to my dough hook here.  Add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time and the salt.  Use the dough hook until it pulls the dough together and then let the hook knead it on low speed for a few minutes.  Transfer the dough into another bowl, cover it and let it rise for about an hour.  Pre-heat oven to 450ยบ.  On a lightly floured board, roll out small hunks of dough and then twist into a pretzel shape.
They need to rise a little, but by the time I had finished making the entire batch and prepping the water, they were fine.  Fill a small pot with 2-3 cups of water and set to boil.  Once boiling, add baking soda and sugar (stand back a little, that baking soda goes CUH-RAZ-Y).  Drop the pretzels in and poach for about 1 minute on each side.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a greased cookie sheet.   Beat 1 egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush the pretzels with this, then top with unground sea salt or pretzel salt.  Bake about 15 minutes or until they look golden and delicious.  
Soft pretzels make excellent fuel for double-digit runs.  Or so I've heard.

21 comments:

  1. Don't worry about being super duper fast in Richmond. Worry about how many brownies you can eat.

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  2. P.S. training for a big race with no injury is a legit goal. That's been my Richmond goal all along.

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  3. I was wondering why you were doing an epic interval workout this morning. Why no tempo?

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  4. ok so now I have to make chili AND pretzles because Phil saw this as I was reading it. Damn you for making me cook with all the free time I have now that I am unemployed.

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  5. this makes me want a pretzel right now.

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  6. Yay for your running mojo & yay for soft pretzels!!

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  7. Awesome. You turned wound up logs of poo into edible food!

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  8. Umm..when are you going to make some of those pretzles?

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  9. OH yes. Soft pretzels are my favorite recovery food. Excellent choice.

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  10. YUM! i have never made my own pretzels before...such a good idea! thanks for sharing! great job on your run!

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  11. Can you just pop some of those in the mail for me, since they look waaaaaaaaaay too complicated for my feeble mind?

    Nice work on the run this morning - woop!

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  12. I'm glad you're in a happy pain-free running place right now! :)

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  13. Where were these pretzels on Saturday night?! Perfect party food!

    Unless you want them all for yourself...which it totally understandable.

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  14. I am impressed. Nice-looking pretzels!

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  15. OMG- those look sooooo yummy. I want one now! Glad to hear you are happy about where your running is. One of these days I plan to get back on the track and see you!

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  16. Those pretzels look awesome and I've got an 18 miler on deck for this weekend. Wow those look good. Recovery food huh!?

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  17. Okay those pretzels look and sound delicious. Hmm...

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  18. Do you want to quit your job, move to Vermont and become my personal cook?

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  19. the picture of your arm makes your feet looks super far away. and thus makes you look really tall. that's all i have to add :)

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  20. They sound delicious, but look quite dark in the photos. What I mean is - and pardon me, as most of your readers are very polite - that they look a teeny tiny bit like dog poo.

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  21. Those pretzels need to be in my belly NOW!

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