Friday, 11 December 2020

FOOD // Chocolate Button Pretzels

 The easiest and most delicious treat 

I have wanted to make these for so long and this past week was the perfect time to introduce them into our household. It was actually my friend Charlotte who introduced me last year and she took the recipe from previous Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn. Frances had shared the idea to her Instagram Stories and it went out into the homes of many. Now it's in our home and I have already had to buy more ingredients for batch number 2!

To be honest, this creation takes no super baking skills, all you need is some pretzels, dark chocolate buttons, a baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof paper (or three in my case) and a bit of time.

How to make your chocolate button pretzels.

Preheat your oven to 150°C to start. Scrunch up your grease proof paper to help it sit flat, a method I have used for some time but one Frances Quinn also suggests.

Lay your buttons out on your tray, fill them up, the buttons don't grow so I found after a few trials you can actually put them closer together than you think, it also means more per tray which you begin to learn is very important!

Then the skill is in melting the button enough so that a pretzel can squish into it but that the button keeps it shape. Around 30 seconds was all they needed until they were shiny and perfectly soft for the pretzel to be added.

Take your tray out and then simply place the pretzels on each individual melted button and leave to set. the setting process takes a bit longer than the prepping process but they are worth it!

If you are like me and only have one good shallow tray, you will find having a few sheets of greaseproof paper pays off: as you pretzel the buttons you can just lift the paper off to leave to cool and then re-cover your tray and start again. I found making a big batch, one tray at a time easier than the thought of multiple trays, melted buttons and not enough hands. However, if you can get some trusty workers in, just keep those trays full and get those hands placing the pretzels on!

They are so delicious and a new family favourite. A simple treat which really works well for family food, party food or even packaged up nicely for foodie gifts!



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