Soft Pumpkin Pretzels with Cinnamon Sugar!

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My girlfriend loves to bake, and I love to help (especially with the eating part.) Together we decided to make an instructable for one of  our favorite Halloween snacks. Delicious, warm, cinnamon and sugar pumpkin pretzels are fun to make on a cold October night.
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Step 1: Gather the goods

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These pretzels are super delicious and really fun to make! Start by gathering all of your ingredients (as with most projects, a beer or other beverage compliments the process well... we decided to sample a few pumpkin beers.)

For the Pretzels
2 teaspoons baker’s yeast
½ teaspoon white sugar
½ cup warm (not boiling) water
1/3 cup of pumpkin puree (canned or home-made)
1 teaspoon
¼ cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
2 – 2.5 cups all-purpose flour

For the Baking Soda Wash
1 cup of hot water
1/8 cup of baking soda

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping
2 tablespoons of melted butter
4 tablespoons of white sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
½ tablespoon of nutmeg
½ teaspoon of cloves

Step 2: Prep that Pumpkin

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Preheat the oven to 350 °F. To prepare the pumpkin puree cut a sugar pumpkin in 3-4 pieces, scoop out the seeds and stringy insides. Wrap the pumpkin pieces in foil and bake for ~75 minutes or until tender. Check that a fork can be easily inserted into the flesh of the pumpkin. Remove and set aside until cool to the touch.

Scoop out the inside pumpkin flesh and place in a large bowl or blender with ¼ - ½ cup of water.  Using a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender (best option!) blend the pumpkin flesh until smooth and slightly creamy (you don’t want any big pieces of pumpkin left). Start with less water and add more if the puree does not become smooth. Less water will give a more concentrated pumpkin flavor!
GarthBock1 year ago
Can pumpkin pie filling from the store be used instead ?

Most pumpkin recipes say not to use pie filling when the recipe calls for pumpkin puree. The pie filling will have sugar and maybe spices and it might not be the same consistency (too watery). But the pumpkin police will not be visiting your neighborhood so do what you need to do! Just let us know what happened!

McMagical Engineer (author)  GarthBock1 year ago
Of course! As stated in the ingredients, canned or homemade are both good options. I have also been thinking that different pulps might also be good in this... maybe another sweet squash like butternut? I hope this helps!
I know that cooked sweet potato actually makes for a very good substitute for pumpkin puree.
SkinnE1 year ago
Mmmm, looks delicious. I'm going to have to try this at some point...
very cool
misho-291 year ago
I like pumpkin :))