Looking for a fun spring or Easter project? Check out our pretzel basket.
The idea is simple. Dip pretzel sticks in a little chocolate and arranging on a plastic-wrap-lined bowl to create a basket.
Fill with dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, or whatever you desire.
Learn how in 13 seconds!
The trick is to use tempered couverture chocolate. I used about 8 ounces of tempered chocolate and about 8 ounces of pretzels and put them over a 1-quart bowl covered with plastic wrap. Remove from the plastic wrap when it is almost set so you don't crack it.
The basket is filled with chocolate truffles, dried apricots, dried strawberries, and pistachios.
Want something using fruit? Check out our fruit desserts!
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.