Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Vegan Maple Orange Glazed Cinnamon Pretzels

These sweet citrus infused pretzels will make anybody's day!
Last night's mood called for a sugary induced treat, especially when a beloved show is going off the air, yes Private Practice, Shonda Rhimes' second television venture, a spin off to her hit, Grey's Anatomy was leaving the airwaves forever in quite a short but bittersweet thirteen episode season.
Pretzels take time to make and this batch had to be special commemoration to the staff at Oceanside Wellness Center.
With orange and maple blended with warm notes of cinnamon and ginger, delectable baked twisted dough caused a stir on the taste buds, all hot and appealing, making fingers sticky and lickable as a river of tears coursed down my cheeks.
It's like hot crossed buns, but in pretzel form! So delicious!
One doesn't have to watch sad series finales to enjoy them. :D

Maple Orange Glazed Pretzels Ingredients

3/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
3 tablespoon almond oil
2 tablespoon orange juice (used Tropicana Orange Juice)
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cup flour

Maple Orange Glaze

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ginger

Baking Soda Bath

2 cups water
1 tablespoon baking soda


Extra cinnamon
Valencia Orange Peel Seasoning

Mix water, sugar, and salt.
Sprinkle on the yeast.
Let sit for five minutes.
Add the ingredients save for flour.
Gradually mix in the flour 1 cup at a time.

Cover and let rise for an hour.
This didn't rise very high, but it'll do. Bring baking soda water to a boil while cutting, rolling, and creating pretzel shapes.
Lay each pretzel into boiling baking soda bath.
Marinate in maple glaze- flipping over. This should be a minute or so.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Some of the maple orange glaze created a brown caramel onto the baking sheet. Scraped what could be saved and brushed onto pretzels.
Extra cinnamon love.
With Valencia Orange Peel Seasoning scattered atop, mimicking traditional salt crystals.

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