Pretzel Bread

So, I’m well aware that I have kind of done this before.  One of my first posts on this blog was for German Pretzel Rolls, which I guess are essentially pretty similar to Pretzel Bread, but I make no apologies.  Why?  Because pretzels are my favorite things ever, as you may have already known from the 5 pretzel-related posts I’ve done in the past year in which I mention my pretzel obsession.  (By the way, I would have 2 more pretzel posts if my work camera didn’t get stolen back in April.)
 
Obviously I love pretzels.  I love pretzels so much that, as I’ve said before, I would make variations of them for the blog all the time if you wouldn’t get sick of them.  I would eat pretzels for every meal.  I would live in a house made of pretzels, with salty pretzel walls and warm pretzel beds.  Shh.  Don’t tell me I’m taking this too far.
 
I said don’t.
 
Anyway, as your resident pretzel-guru, I have to say that all of you fellow pretzel lovers out there need to make this Pretzel Bread immediately.  Sandwiches will never be the same.
 
Make Pretzel Bread at home and your sandwiches will never be the same.  I'm obsessed.
 
Speaking of sandwiches, you should make this bread today because (SPOILER ALERT) I’m posting a recipe for Tomato Bacon Bisque tomorrow, and if you dip Pretzel Bread Grilled Cheeses in Tomato Bacon Bisque, something magical happens.  It’s like your taste buds become 10,000 teeny tiny Belinda Carlisles and they all start belting out the “Heaven is a Place On Earth” chorus.  That sounds kind of frightening but it’s actually wonderful when you experience it in real life.
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Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread

Ever since last year’s Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread, I’ve been brainstorming hundreds of ideas of what to put in a similarly party-friendly loaf, but to no avail.  Nothing really seemed exciting enough to put into motion, until a brown bag full of apples picked from the orchard begged me to find ways to use them.   Apple cider, apple pies, caramel apples, and apple crisps all seemed like great base recipes to transform into a share-able bread, but I nearly fell out of my chair when I remembered apple fritters.  Those things are brilliant.
 
Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread
 
And while I admittedly had no idea what I was doing when I first attempted to make this bread, I have to say that turned out brilliantly as well.  It honestly tastes just like an apple fritter, but is so much easier to make, requires no frying, and is fun to share.  Between the flavorful apple filling, the airy biscuit bread, and the sweet vanilla glaze, this loaf is exactly what you want to be baking up for special Sunday breakfasts, Fall-flavored desserts, or party-picking enjoyment.
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Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread

It was a typical day – lost in the open sea of Pinterest pins, drifting farther and farther from reality and any notion of passing time – when something caught my eye. That something, my friends, was Crock Pot Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. Just like the kind from Romano’s Macaroni Grill, this bread featured tons of the fresh herb, a deliciously golden crust, and moisture and flavor from the olive oil that brings it to a whole ‘nother level of delicious.

Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread

The main reason I was excited, though, was because this bread was supposed to be made in the crock pot. This is especially useful around this time of year when we are trying not to turn on the oven for any reason (we’re getting into 90 degree territory up here now). The crock pot won’t warm up your house like an oven will, but you can still have flavorful, fresh artisan bread at the end of the day to pair with your meals, with wine and cheese, or to enjoy by itself.  If you’re a bread fanatic– a carb connoisseur, one might say– like me, you understand why I was so excited.
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Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread

(Part of the Super Bowl Theme Thursday Series)

 
Before you go all crazy telling me what a great idea this is, let me apologize.  I did not make this recipe up.  I saw this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread from Bev Cooks on Pinterest, and knew I had to try it out for myself, with a few adaptations to suit my tastes and make it easier.
 
Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread
 
This is basically buffalo chicken pizza in a loaf… a loaf of bread you can pull apart and eat.  And share.  Or not.
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