I worked for a concession stand for one night selling food to people that were driving through a park looking at Christmas lights. It still confuses me why people were paying to drive on a normal road to see generic Christmas lights. Either way, we sold a bunch of the standard “warm me up” foods… hot cocoa, coffee, cookies… and these amazing pretzels that were stuffed with some sort of apple pie filling. No one bought any of these bad boys, which was AWESOME because I got to eat a ton of them (and then take home the rest) at the end of the night.
Fast forward to today… apple season is upon us and I’ve finally found the desire to recreate the apple pretzel concoction.
Alicia bought a bag of pretzel mix when she was in Philadelphia… we used that even though Alton Brown has a simple soft pretzel recipe on the food network website (link below). Step one was to make the pretzel dough and to let it rise for an hour.
While the dough was rising we started the apple filling.
Step two was to peel and chop the apples into thin slices so I dug out the apple corer that we use once a year (apple pie)… I didn’t really need it since we only were doing six apples… but I like to give these stupid gadgets some use whenever I can.
I cooked the apples with some butter and two cups of sugar over medium low heat for about 35 minutes, added the cinnamon and nutmeg, and then continued to cook for another 10 minutes or so. This is where it started to smell like apple pie.
After about an hour of extremely passive cooking (stirring and waiting), we can finally begin the construction process. I rolled the dough out onto a lightly flowered surface trying to resemble a rectangle (impossible).
I had no idea how wide to cut the dough or how much filling to put in the center… I failed miserably on my first attempt. The second and third attempt went better, but were still not that great (but they turned out edible).
I think the ones pictured were about attempt number 4. I was shocked that it somewhat resembled a pretzel shape (and held in the apple goods).
I tried the whole water boil before baking trick to brown up the pretzel like a pro (and it works)… but it was just too much of a hassle to get the damn things out of the pot without the filling spilling all over the place. I believe the difference was only cosmetic in the end anyway… just ignore the water part if you’re lazy like me.
Warm soft pretzels stuffed with an apple pie filling. Takes some effort, but well worth it.