With the kids home over the holiday break, I’ve got a fun and easy kitchen project for you—pretzel bites! Normally, pretzels require yeast and rise time, but not with this shortcut recipe that uses Greek yogurt in the dough. There’ve been all sorts of recipes floating around the internet where you can use a similar method (instead of yeast) for pizza dough, bagels, breadsticks, and more. It’s nice to be able to indulge in these homemade goodies without having to work too hard!
What I Look For in Yogurt
When shopping for yogurt I always want it to be organic, whole milk, and plain.
Here are the reasons why:
This will ensure that the cows producing your dairy products haven’t been treated with hormones or antibiotics, or consumed feed that’s been sprayed with synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides. If you can’t find a certified organic option, look for terms like “no hormones administered” and/or “no antibiotics administered.”
In most cases, low-fat and fat-free dairy products are more highly processed than whole milk products, since they’ve been through a process that removes the natural fats.
When it comes to dairy products like milk and yogurt, it’s always best to buy the plain version and flavor it yourself (or just have it plain). The majority of factory-made food contains far too much added sugar (and salt and oil, for that matter). At home, you control the amount and kind of sweetener!
In the case of this recipe, it’s necessary for the yogurt to also be Greek since it does not have as much liquid as regular. I sometimes buy Greek yogurt just to eat as well, but since it’s more expensive, it’s not a regular item around here.
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