Cheese and jalapeno pretzels

I’m going to Florida in March. Since we booked it, I’ve been dreaming of having a cheese jalapeno pretzel. Even though it’s not long until we go, I couldn’t wait any longer! I had to have one!

I scoured around the web and combined recipes. Here’s what I came up with.


220 g white bread flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp yeast

2 tbsp margarine

Grated extra mature cheddar cheese (just grated loads as you can never have too much cheese!)

2 jalapenos washed and diced

160 ml milk

Rock salt to sprinkle over the top


1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and yeast. 

2. Put in the margarine in small bits. 


3. Rub the dry ingredients and marge together to make fine breadcrumbs.


4. Add the cheese, jalapenos and milk and stir.



5. Add more flour if too wet.


6. Knead a few times.


7. Divide dough in half and taking one half, roll into a 12×8 inch rectangle.

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8. Cut dough lengthways into 8 1 inch strips.


9. Roll out a bit further with the palms of your hands. Then repeat with the other half.


10. Twist into a pretzel shape. Wet the ends with milk to stick to the rest of the pretzel.

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11. Leave to rise slightly for 30 minutes. 

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12. Grease a couple of trays and turn the oven onto gas mark 6.

13. Fill a pan with water and bring to the boil.

14. Taking a pretzel, carefully place it on a large spoon and hold it in the boiling water for 5 seconds.


15. Place on the greased tray and sprinkle over some rock salt.

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16. Repeat with the rest and cook for approx 20 minutes or until golden.

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Next time I think I’ll brush them with either milk or egg to give them a glossy finish. 

The mixture of cheese, jalapenos, salt and bread is amazing!! I know these are going to be a firm favourite in this household! They’ll tide me over until we’re in America 🙂



Wholemeal bread rolls

For the first bake on my blog not that I just had to bake something so I could make my first post asap. Me excited?! Oh no! I thought I’d start with something simple I hoped. We needed some bread but as we didn’t need a whole loaf, I thought rolls/baps would be ideal.

I may have cheated not made these totally by hand, as I could not use my ever trusty bread maker. My bread maker came with a recipe booklet and as I’ve not made rolls before, I thought I’d use one of the recipes as a guide. As I never totally follow a recipe, I adapted it. (Thanks to Morphy Richards for the recipe

I know most of you will know how to make them, but I’ll post the recipe anyway…

Here is the recipe and I’ll write in what I changed/added:

(The bread maker came with a measuring cup which I have lost, oops. So I just use a mug.)

Water 1 1/4 cup/mug

Skimmed milk powder 2 tbsp

Melted butter 2 tbsp

Honey 2 tbsp (I substituted this for 2 tbsp of golden caster sugar)

Brown sugar 1 tbsp (I left out)

Salt 1 1/2 tsp

Strong whole wheat bread flour 3 1/4 cup/mug

Fast action yeast 1 1/2 tsp

I added a small handful of oats and a couple of tbsp of sunflower seeds.

When It’s done it’s thing in the bread maker, knead and shape into 6 rolls. Place on a greased tray, brush lightly with melted butter. Cover to let the double in size for 20-25 minutes, glaze again. Bake for approx for 15-20 minutes at 190C/375F/gas mark 5)

Here’s what they look like:

Now, I know they’re not exactly perfect. But, they taste pretty darn great!