Monday, April 14, 2008

Perfect Pretzels?

I don't think so.

Baking bread has been a joy for me. I love the Artisan method developed by Jeff and Zoe, and I've enjoyed trying many of the recipes. However, yesterday's foray into homemade pretzels was not quite a success. In fact, it was downright disappointing. Much of it was my fault as I did not wait for the dough to cool for a proper length of time in the fridge, so it was difficult to handle. My second mistake was putting the formed pretzels on plastic wrap to rise. Guess what? They stuck - big time!
They looked pretty good while they were rising and I managed to get two of them out without ruining the shape.....

But the rest of them resembled something along the lines of a dog turd. My apologies to all the sweet puppies out there.
The flavor, however, was excellent, and when popped into the toaster oven to warm up, they were quite delicious if we just closed our eyes before biting into them. But, as we used to say down south, "The juice just ain't worth the squeeze", so I'll be sticking to regular bread recipes and forms.

Today, we had to go into town to pay the truck taxes and since it was a nice, sunny day, we decided to drive on into Schoodic to see if we could catch a little wave action at the Point. The Mark Island Light house was looking picturesque......

the gulls on the Point were relaxing on the rocks.......

the wave action was nothing to write home about, but the sheer beauty of the park, the fresh sea air and surrounding greenery were enough to lift the spirits.

Ah, yes. Life may have it's occasional little disappointments, but for the most part....

Life is Good!

Hugs, Giddy

3 comments:

Zoey said...

I give you loads of credit for even attempting to make pretzels! I don't think they look that bad. You have just gotten used to those perfect loaves of bread.

I am glad you at least enjoyed the flavor.

Beautiful scenery (as always).

Kerri said...

The pretzels sure started off looking good, and I'm glad they tasted good. I can't see some of these pics too, so I don't know what they looked like after that first pic. So to me they look perfect! :)
I love to see your photos of the coastling. It's so gorgeous there. Thanks for sharing your beautiful surroundings Giddy.

Kerri said...

Um, that should be coastline, of course :)