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alliels Jul 1, 2013 06:29 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: alliels Jul 1, 2013 06:55 PM

    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.

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      alliels RE: ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 10:20 AM

      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....

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        ipsedixit RE: alliels Jul 2, 2013 06:15 PM

        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?

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          alliels RE: ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 06:27 PM

          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.

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      smtucker RE: alliels Jul 2, 2013 12:52 PM

      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!

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