Saturday Snippets…and Pretzel Bread…

Good morning it is muggy and cloudy and very still…Will the sun come through or will we get rain…

Who doesn’t love bubbles…They are so pretty as they float into the air…Blow one or hundreds of these safe non-toxic bubbles and watch them float in the air without popping! Animals have also been affected by Covid-19 as some animals are social and with zoos and parks being closed thye must have wondered what was going on…

These adorable Penguins have been gifted a bubble machine and they love it!

Staff at the Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, England had been trying to find new ways to keep their feathered residents entertained when a zoo patron suddenly donated a bubble machine.

Penguin caretaker Dan Trevelyan said the bubbles help to keep the penguins’ predatory reflexes sharp.

“In the wild, these guys are marine predators who are very sensitive to objects and movement,” said Trevelyan. “The bubble machine is fantastic, as all the movement and new shapes and colors really stimulate these guys. They have a great time chasing them around. And all these donations are really appreciated.”

The bubbles, which cause no harm to the animals, have in the past also proved popular with the Zoo’s squirrel monkeys and Sulawesi crested macaques.

After my last successful batch of dinner rolls, one of my readers Susan The Nurse asked me if I had made Pretzel Bread…I hadn’t but promised to give a go…I do love a challenge…


Pretzel Bread.

All I knew about pretzel dough was that like beigels the dough was boiled before baking and this gives it that characteristic deep brown crust and pretzel taste…

It was lovely a little sweet my tester said it tasted like currant bread sweetness not horrible he liked it and the salt was a foil for that methinks but with some ham and mustard in a sandwich it went down a treat…

I have however tweaked the original recipe and would use less sugar…1 tbsp instead of 3 tbsp.


  • 2 and a quarter tsp of instant yeast.
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk…I used full-fat milk
  • 4 tbsp (2 oz) melted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour

Baking Soda Bath:

  • 4 quarts(8 pints) water
  • Half cup Baking Soda

Pretzel Topping:

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • Coarse salt for topping.

A lined baking tray.

Preheated oven 200 degrees

Let’s bake!

Combine your yeast, water, and brown sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve sugar.

Melt the butter and then add to the milk then stir into the yeast mixture to combine.

Add the salt and flour 1 cup at a time and stir to combine then once the dough has come together knead until it is a firm but slightly tacky dough. If you need to add more add a little at a time.

Put the dough into a greased bowl and cover with a cloth and allow to rise about an hour and it should have doubled in size.

Once the 60  mins are up put your 4 quarts of water in a large pan and bring to the boil then add your Baking Soda…DO NOT ADD IT ALL AT ONCE OR IT WILL ALLL FIZZ OVER …add a little at a time I added it a tsp at a time.

Then punch your dough down to remove the gas and divide it into two portions…Add one portion to the boiling water and turn after 60 seconds and give it 60 seconds on the other side remove with a slotted spoon to drain and make a small cross in the middle and sprinkle with salt. Put on a lined baking tin…

Repeat with your second piece of dough…When cutting the cross I made mine too big as this dough once boiled is easier than a normal risen dough to cut through.


Boiled Pretzel Dough

Sit both pieces of prepared dough on a lined baking tray and put it into your preheated oven…200 degrees.

Cook for 23-25 mins turning the tray around halfway through the cooking…

I was quite amazed at how it coloured up and just looked the colour of a pretzel that lovely deep brown…


Pretzel Bread

When you remove it from the oven brush with the melted butter and enjoy it!

My first attempt at Pretzel bread was a success…

Are you having a bad day? Then you might need to visit a growlery. This term was first used by author Charles Dickens in his 1853 novel Bleak House to refer to a place where you go to be alone when you’re not feeling particularly happy.

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 Resilience the importance of a healthy gut by Sally Cronin…

I can’t go with leaving you with some music …Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine.

I just feel like some great instrumentals today…No lyrics…Just beautiful music…

Oh well, the heavens have just opened….

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

15 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…and Pretzel Bread…

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Awesome song for a finish, Carol. Granted, I don’t know the first thing about making bread (except the southern cornbread, specific to the small area where I grew up), but I didn’t realize any bread doughs were first boiled. Cool. I do love bagels, and I like the flavor of pretzels. Your bread looks perfect. Hugs on the wing.

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      1. Susan

        So ! I did it . Funny thing was I set the oven to 200 degrees ( thinking ,hmm, that seems a little low, but what do I know, haven’t baked in 20 years) Anyhow… when they were still quite doughy at 12 minutes, like really doughy, I thought, ‘maybe Carol’s temp was in Celsius, whoops ! Yep, changed it to 375 Fahrenheit and things started cooking !

        Shared the rolls with my neighbor and she loved them !

        Thank you so much !

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Brilliant so pleased I haven’t done the rolls yet.. I have been making the dinner rolls they are really nice as well… Note to self I should put both temps… Good job you were on the ball, Susan.. Thank you for letting me know they turned out well xx

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