Ever since I can remember, my grandpa Louis and Gramma Santa deliver a New Year’s Pretzel to our home on December 30. Without exception I enjoyed sweet bite of pretzel every year. Once my grandparents passed, my parents kept the tradition alive. Now married we do this for our family. It’s not just a Pittsburgh or Vento thing, it’s a world tradition.
Year after year, a big, a sweet bread pretzel arrived in a bakery box, with a clear view top, so the icing did not stick. Sometimes the icing is white with red cherries, other times covered with chopped walnuts.
Cinnamon flavor runs through the sweet breads we have eaten and when it does not we are disappointed. As a mom of a child with severe food allergies, I began baking our own New Year’s Pretzels.
The stores offer cross-contamination and too few choices with very marked up pricing. I create a huge pretzel with 2 ingredients and about 20 minutes! Here’s how to make the best New Year’s Pretzel with simple ingredients and how to pass the great luck of the new year to other family and friends!
Join tradition and indulge in a bite of a New Year’s Pretzel with simple ingredients. Happy New Year.
Best New Year’s Pretzel With Simple Ingredients
So you all know I am the person who wants something to look as fabulous as it tastes. Also, as a mom of three and a full time job and 2 large families (his and mine) there is no time to really just kick back. Whenever I create I go for best tasting and make it possible to be made FAST!
As the story would go, early on I tried Bisquick, let’s just say, “hell no!” It was awful, crumbly and resembled a biscuit. Well ‘dahhh’ right? So I upped my strategy. I tried bread. Read further to learn more!
Eventually, Niko became part of our lives and with him, a plethora of life-threatening food allergies. I am so cautious about cross-contamination and food preparation, as I don’t want issues on my watch! Food handling safety and ingredients are my number one concern.
While Niko is allergic to nuts, he is NOT allergic to wheat and dairy. While this recipe may work for my family, it may not work for yours, but it is super easy if you just want to make to pass out the good luck and very cost effective.
Bread Dough Pretzels
I love Bread Dough Pretzels and again, if you have a milk allergy, you won’t be able to use that recipe, but I created New Year’ Cinnamon Pretzels. They are outstanding and can be made ahead, frozen, iced and served the day you need them! Love them lots and I know you will too.
In fact, I make one in every size, multiple from bigger than your face to as small as the palm of your hand. Make sure to check that recipe out and depending on how much time you have you can make them too!
Over the years, the price of a New Year’s Pretzel has definitely INCREASED and the size of the pretzels have drastically DECREASED. Our pretzels used to be the size of a large cookie tray, but now, hey are the size of a mini pizza and the price is about $8 each. It’s dough, not a fancy car.
Retailers have made the price offensive and to be honest, there’s a lack of taste and certainly no consistency in taste or presentation. Disappointed? Yes, but still wanting to pass out the Good Luck Pretzel, I kept on trying new ideas.
What I found is the most cost effective and consistently flavored New Year’s Pretzel and all it takes is a little viewing of a image of a pretzel to figure out how to make it. Grab a huge baking tray and parchment paper! Here’s my New Year’s Gift to you, a fast, tasty and economical way to create the Best New Year’s Pretzel with simple ingredients!
1 Large Baking Tray
2 Pieces of Parchment Paper (one for baking, and one for after baking)
2 Cans of Cinnamon Roll Dough (5 Rolls to a Can and icing)
Open each can of dough. Remove the icing and set aside. Spread the parchment paper across the cookie tray. Now, separate the 2 cinnamon rolls together at a time. Do this 4 more times. You want pairs of 2.
Next, unwind a pair of 2 cinnamon rolls but keep them together if you can. ( I always feel bad about ruining what was made and then I realize I am about to recreate something even more spectacular.)
It’s time to make ONE side of the pretzel. Just braid from end to end and set on one side of the tray. Repeat this and do for the other side of the pretzel. Of course repeat again for the bottom of the pretzel.
Now you need to make the ‘x’ across the center of the pretzel. It’s best to watch the video for this. Basically you are going to braid another set of rolls and go top to bottom in a diagonal, then for the other side as well.
Do leave overhang at the base of the pretzel.
Bake on 375° for just 12-15 minutes (ovens vary so watch yours).
Remove, and while the tray is cooling, place the icing cups n the middle of the pan (sitting on the metal lids so the plastic does not melt from the heat). What you are doing is WARMING the icing up so it is easier to spread.
Once the pretzel is cooled, spread the icing across the pretzel with a spatula, and if wanted you can sprinkle with Holiday Sprinkles.
Serve either at the last strike of midnight to ring in good luck or before you bite into ANY food the next day as the first bite of good luck for the new year!