Recipe Battle: Soft Pretzels vs. Summer Squash Pie

Preface: This blog is contains two recipes I have tried, and found either to be Great, Good, or Bad. With everyone sharing recipes on social media, I thought this would be a fun way to help you determine which recipes are actually worth your time.

I have to admit, I’ve been watching way too much of the “Great British Baking Show” lately. If you are not familiar with the show, it’s a brilliant competition where home bakers create different baked masterpieces that are judged by professional bakers. The show is on PBS, but most of the seasons are on Netflix streaming, if you are looking for some baking inspiration. One of the baking challenges was to bake soft pretzels in two hours, and after seeing how easy they made it look, I HAD to make some.

The pretzels came out great!

After scouring through all of my cook books and resources online, I found an approachable, and fail-safe recipe. These pretzels were so good, they lasted about a day and half before vanishing. After making them, I HAD to share them with you, because I know that there are some days when only a good homemade pretzel will do. If you don’t feel this way now, you will after making just one batch of these!

King’s Flour Recipe for Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels – the breakdown:

  • Rating: Great! 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • Time: Took about 2 hours (including resting & baking time)
  • Ingredients: Can be found in the standard pantry, and are very easy to find in grocery stores
  • Link to Recipe: King’s Flour Website (Click Here)

Now for the story about the summer squash pie. One of my friends on Facebook shared this recipe, and I happened to have all the ingredients needed. What a great idea for a meatless dinner, and a prefect use for some of my summer veggies! Also, the recipe has 298 ratings and an average of four stars, so I was expecting a new summer staple recipe. . . Unfortunately, this recipe failed so horribly, that I question if the reviewers on the Pillsbury site actually tested it out. Here’s what happened: every process took twice as long as the recipe stated, it left me with a PILE of dishes for one little pie, I baked the pie for a half hour longer than the recipe stated and it was still soggy/not cooked in the middle. The biggest problem with this recipe, is that it doesn’t tell you to drain the veggies after cooking them. All that extra moisture ruined my pie, and my dinner. I’m not particularly picky person, but raw dough on the bottom of a pie is not good. One taste, and it went straight into the trash. (That is why there is no picture. It was THAT bad.)

Pillsbury’s Recipe for Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie – the breakdown:

  • Rating: Bad!! 😦 😦 😦
  • Time: 3 hours (Twice as long as recipe stated)
  • Ingredients: I happened to have everything already – but will NOT go out of my way to this make again
  • Link to Recipe: Pillsbury’s Website (Click Here) – Click at your own risk

The Verdict: Hands-down, the soft pretzels win! If you have two hours to make something special, use it for fresh pretzels, not on squishy summer squash pie.

Until next time, keep cooking!

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