The first thing you need to know is that we used my recipe for Oven rise pizza dough . We used whole wheat flour and increased the water by 1/2 cup. The good thing about that dough is that if you choose not to bake the pretzels or sandwiches right away, you can also put them uncooked in the freezer on a plastic lined sheet pan until frozen. They go directly from the freezer to the oven on a lightly oiled pan and bake like "oven rise" pizza...but they're pretzels and pocket sandwiches. Pretty ding-a-dang-dong handy dandy if you ask me. Whole grain, made at home and low fat?! Yup. We're pretty happy about that.
First up, we made some
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Stuffed Pretzels.
Using half of the Oven rise pizza dough
Roll a rectangle, 2 feet by 18 inches, about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured board or counter top.
I used 3/4 cup homemade Freezer Jam
Putting the entire contents in a pastry bag, put a line of jam right down the middle of the pretzel. This also works for peanut butter...almost any soft spread. Top with chocolate chunks.
I showed how to form pretzels here on my blog during the
Once formed, place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Allow to raise about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 12-15 minutes.
Note to self. When I make these again I will use the chocolate bread recipe. I think they would be divine. Oh so divine.
The next thing we made where ham and cheese sandwich pockets with mustard.
Pizza pockets use 1/4 oven rise pizza dough recipe, rolling out the same way you would for the ham pockets. Use a Tablespoon of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce right in the middle.
Pull up the dough around the filling, pinch closed and put seam side down on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. We also oiled the top of the pizza pockets.
Top generously with fresh shredded parmesan cheese and some cracked pepper if desired.
There you go. Make some. We had a great time!