|Mary Berry's sugared pretzels, as baked by EJ|
I have a love hate relationship with pretzels. They look so fun with their cute little nautical knots (Wikipedia has lots of different versions of the origins of the knotted shape, none of which are nautical), but usually I feel a little disappointed - whatever the type, I think I just usually prefer the shape to the flavour.
Mary berry's recipe makes 16 pretzels, I have to admit I made a double batch and made 8 each time, I couldn't bring myself to make teeny weenie pretzels to bring to a bake sale - it would be so useful with some of these things if MB would give an idea of the size of the finished product. So you can assume that the ones I made are approximately twice as big as they should be!
They turned out to be kind if a cross between a biscuit and a doughnut, although I think the doughnutty-ness was probably due to the copious amounts of icing sugar dusted on to the pretzels to finish them. The flavour was really good, a subtle vanilla, but the texture was just a bit incongruous, like they either should have been much softer or a little harder. I guess in this instance I didn't really give them a fair test, maybe they'd be better at half the size?