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Hello everyone,

I want to make pretzels like the ones sold at the mall and plan on following this recipe from Food Network
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

I was wondering if its okay for these sort of recipes to instead of baking for 8min at 450 I'll increase the time but bake at 400 or less. I live in a rented unit and my oven has always given off a weird smell (not totally a plastic or burning smell but its just odd and easily noticeable) at temperatures higher than 400. Since its a rented apartment I haven't wanted to experiment with oven cleanup besides using oven cleaning sprays.

For most things I lower the temp and up the cooking time, but since this is bread, will it be a problem with making these pretzels?

Thanks guys for your help!

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  1. For most things I lower the temp and up the cooking time, but since this is bread, will it be a problem with making these pretzels?
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    Yes.

    3 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      How so? Would it be totally worthless to try? I just want to satisfy a craving and also make this for the first time...

      I'm not trying to win an award for best pretzels or anything like that....

      1. re: alliels

        I'm not trying to win an award for best pretzels or anything like that....
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        Maybe not, but don't you want your pretzel to taste and feel (on the palate) like a, um, pretzel?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Well that's another question I wondered about. I like sweet cinnamon sugar covered pretzels and absolutely detest those salty ones. I always think those are a bit softer but then again maybe I just remember eating and hating those stale salty ones at some fair or similar event and can't make a fair comparison.

          Of course I want the best possible but I worry with that smell coming from the oven. Last I had it at a high temperature I was baking biscuits and not only did the kitchen smell horribly but it set off my fire alarm and I panicked it could eventually be a fire risk. The biscuits were definitely edible and not burned so its an oven issue.

    2. Pretzels need that high heat to get the crispy exterior, but maybe you don't care about that texture and/or hate the oven smell enough to give a lower temperature a try.

      You could actually do an experiment, making some of the pretzels at a lower temperature and some at the higher and decide what you can live with. Let us know what you discover!