In order to cook a proper Fall meal, you must open all the windows and sliding doors in the house, throw on your favorite sweatpants and bask in the glory of cool fresh air wafting through the house.
But check the weather report before you plan soup and make sure it's not going to be raining, humid and 80°F.
Here are two amazing recipes I found this week for Butternut Squash Soup and Butter Soft Whole Wheat Pretzels!
Butternut Squash Soup
adapted from Allrecipes.com
This soup was amazing. Thick enough to be filling and a great option if you don't have any meat thawed. I'll be making it again very soon!!
Now, moving on to the soft pretzel!! I found this whole wheat soft pretzel recipe and was SOOO excited to make it. Here is a picture of the finished pretzel from Laura's blog. Don't they look amazing? (She is one of my favorite real food go-to recipe blogs!)
After I started the dough and put it aside to rise, I sat down to read the comments on her blogpost. Just about every comment declared these pretzels to be delicious. But then I saw this one:
I immediately started to panic!! I don't have "hard white wheat" berries! I only have the darker red wheat berries. I was super frustrated because I had wasted 4 cups of freshly ground whole wheat on a potentially disgusting bread substance.
When they were done baking, I pulled them out of the oven, buttered and salted them and took a little bite. One little bite turned into 5 very large bites...just to check if they were really as delicious as I thought they were, or if I was just being hopeful. They were SOOOO yummy!
Then I went back to the recipe to figure out why. I took Laura's recipe and halved it...all except one ingredient. I completely forgot to cut the amount of butter in half! Well, it worked out perfectly!!!
Laura's Amazing Soft Preztals
from HeavenlyHomemakers.com (makes about 12 pretzels)
1/2 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 and 1/4 cup raw milk
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup raw honey
2 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt
4 cups whole wheat flour