What Are pretzels?
Pretzels are a very popular snack food, often eaten as part of lunch or dinner. They come in different shapes and sizes, but the normal pretzel is simply a baked dough shaped like a small ring.
They are usually covered with salt crystals before being baked into shape. Some other variations have cinnamon added to them, while others have butter melted across the top of them before baking.
Pretzels may also come in other flavors, including sweet varieties that contain no salt at all, for example, chocolate-coated pretzels or those made from white sugar instead of standard brown.
Pretzels were first created by monks as an alternative to bread because they could not eat yeast during the lent season. In Germany, morgen means ‘morning,’ so the pretzel was initially created for breakfast; it predates modern bread by hundreds of years.
Pretzels are also very popular in Germany, Austria, Brazil, and North America, with large commercial bakeries set up to provide them on a mass scale.
They are sold in most supermarkets around the world, that’s why they have become an integral part of many cultures around the world. Pretzels are also often served with beer at bars or pubs to soak up some of the alcohol.
So what is a pretzel? The pretzel is a baked dough shaped like a small ring that comes in different shapes and sizes but basically always contains salt crystals before being baked into shape.
Further Reading: Can dogs eat pretzels?
Benefits of pretzels For dogs?
Pretzels are usually considered an okay type of treat for dogs, though some types may be better than others. There is nothing interesting about pretzels that would make them particularly good or bad for any animal with regard to ingredients or nutrition.
They do not provide any significant nutrients, and most products contain additives, preservatives, and chemicals that will mean they are generally unhealthy snacks for your pets.
Pretzels can be high in salt, which is obviously very bad for animals if ingested too much of it.
There is no need to give your pet a pretzel as a snack as there might be with things like pieces of hot dog or chicken which many people think their dog would enjoy. It’s also important to remember that giving any type of snack should be fairly infrequent to avoid an upset stomach.
If you do want to give your dog a pretzel, then make sure that they are not baked in any way, this could burn their mouths which will cause pain, and it’s better if they are simply salted without being cooked at all.
It’s always best not to give dogs salt, though, because it can lead to water retention and high blood pressure, which is very dangerous for animals.
So why eat pretzels? As we mentioned before, there is nothing special about the ingredients in most types of pretzels that makes them necessary or beneficial for pets; they also contain little nutritional value.
It’s important to remember that most brands contain unhealthy additives, so giving your pet a pretzel regularly might cause illnesses such as sickness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
There’s no reason to give your pet a pretzel-like there might be for things like hot dogs or chicken, which many people think their dog would enjoy. And remember giving snacks should be fairly infrequent to avoid an upset stomach.
What is the difference between pretzels and bread?
The main difference is that bread is baked using yeast, and it contains more fruit and vegetables.
This means the nutritional value of sandwiches with bread will be higher than those containing pretzels because of ingredients like tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese plus mayonnaise too. Bread also has more protein which makes it healthier than some types of pretzels, although this really varies depending on what they’re made of.
As well as this, pretzels are usually salted to give them flavour. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they’re always incredibly crunchy because they’re baked at very high temperatures that allow the inside to cook quickly while leaving the outside crispy.
Some types also have additional flavors added like garlic which can be extremely tasty for dogs – Beneful’s Garlic Pretzel Bites are perfect for this!
There is nothing special about bread other than it has more protein which makes it healthier than some types of pretzels, although this really varies depending on what they’re made of.
Further Reading: Can dogs eat pretzels filled with peanut butter?
Do dogs Need Carbohydrates?
Dogs don’t need carbohydrates in their diet because they have evolved to survive on meat alone. Dogs are carnivores, so they only need the proteins and fats found in meat, along with moderate vegetables and fruits in small amounts.
Carbohydrates are not part of a natural canine diet, but most commercial dog food brands include large amounts of carbohydrates within their recipes because this makes them very profitable for companies to produce at scale.
This means that you need to read labels carefully when buying any kind of prepared dog food, be it wet or dry, looking for one that is lower in carbohydrate content. By doing this, you can avoid feeding your pet anything which has added carbohydrates within its recipe.
How to make dog pretzels recipes?
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or shortening
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 12 square pretzel twists (about 2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, optional
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons of flour, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Blend on low speed for 5 seconds. Add the butter and oil; process until small crumbs form, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl; add water, then mix with your hands just until combined (do not overwork).
Divide dough in half, so it is easier to work with. Place one portion between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper and roll out into an 8-by-11-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Remove the top sheet of paper, then invert the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; remove the remaining paper.
Repeat with the second portion of dough. Pour 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons of water into each of 2 small bowls. Dip both sides of one pretzel, twist in water, shake off any excess, and place on prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with another pretzel twist and arrange them diagonal to each other on the baking sheet, forming an X shape. Gently press down in the center to adhere twists together slightly. Bake until golden brown in color, about 10 minutes (do not turn the oven off). Let cool for 5 minutes, then brush with melted butter.
Transfer to a wire rack set over a piece of parchment or waxed paper to cool completely. Repeat with second baking sheet and remaining pretzel twists.
If desired, place coarse salt and/or poppy or sesame seeds in small bowls; dip each end of cooled pretzels into over then place back on the wire rack, spacing 1 inch apart (do not sprinkle seasoning on before buttering as it will stick). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days (if they last that long).
They are best served fresh from the oven!
Pretzels recipes with peanut butter For dogs
- -3 cups of whole wheat flour (or plain flour)
- -1 cup water
- -2 tbs honey or agave nectar
- -2 tbs vegetable oil
- -1/4 cup natural unsalted peanut butter
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius). Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for several minutes until smooth.
Roll into the desired shape on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are tall enough to not touch each other after baking.
Bake for 8 minutes, then check them. If you like crispy pretzels, then bake another 5 minutes, but keep an eye on them, so they don’t burn. Let cool, then serve to your favorite doggie!
Further Reading: How many pretzels can a dog eat?
Pretzels recipes with honey For dogs
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- about 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup dry milk powder or nonfat powdered milk (optional)
- 1 teaspoon yeast
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Add flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
Turn out onto the lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Let rest on floured board while you clean out the bowl.
(Add some oil or butter to the bowl before returning the dough.) Knead the dough for another 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn once, so the dough is greased on both sides.
Cover; let rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down; shape into the desired form (along narrow roll will make pretzel-shaped pretzels). Let dough rest 5 minutes before baking—Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes.
(Optional: Brush with melted butter after baking.) Keep on the wire rack until cool.
Pretzels recipes without yeast For dogs
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- olive oil cooking spray
- 1 cup hot water (hot as you can stand it)
- coarse kosher salt, sesame seeds, or Parmesan cheese, optional for topping
Instructions: Preheat oven to 425° F. Mix both flour and salt in a large bowl. Add water and stir until blended but not too clean.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes, adding small amounts of flour if needed to prevent sticking. Shape into a ball or smooth log.
Cut into 8 equal size pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-inch rope with palms of your hands slightly apart, so they are not too thin in the center.
With both ends of each rope in one hand, twist two ropes together twice with the other hand, overlapping twists about 1/2 inch to make an X at the top of pretzel shape (do not twist dough more than once; otherwise, it will separate while baking).
Gently transfer the pretzel to an ungreased baking sheet and form a circle or twist tightly.
Repeat with remaining dough pieces. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
With a large spatula, transfer pretzels from the baking sheet to the wire rack and let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or plastic bag.
(Optional: brush tops of pretzels with olive oil, then sprinkle coarse kosher salt, sesame seeds, or Parmesan cheese overtop before baking).