Many soft pretzel recipes call for a dunk in boiling water before baking. This helps to give them their distinctive chewiness and appealing texture. But like all things in the kitchen, cutting corners is a time-honored tradition that will always have a place on the countertop. Often in a clamshell shape.
The Nostalgia Electrics SPF200 Soft Pretzel Factory is a specialty countertop appliance that simplifies the pretzel-making process. Featuring interchangeable plates that can cook batches of either two large pretzels or six smaller ones, the gadget can deliver a round of pretzels in 3 to 5 minutes. No complicated twisting is necessary to achieve pretzel-shaped perfection; dough cutters are included for easy punch-press pretzel shapes. Nonstick plates assure that post-pretzel cleanup is as easy as cooking them.
Hunting down soft pretzels normally requires a trip to a mall or sports venue; the salted treats can be found hanging from racks ensconced within glass cases from coast to coast. However, a high incidence of stale pretzels (sometimes coupled with losing home teams) oftentimes makes the journey not worth the reward. Now you can rest easy despite the call of the pretzel tree, for the experience (aside from a properly cooked pretzel) can be approximated at home, as the appliance is also available packaged as a gift set complete with hanging rack.