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BAMiversary Bavarian Pretzels

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

One year ago, I brought home my new baby girl.  She was so sweet and innocent.  I enjoyed looking over her and choosing her name, picking out her design, and meeting other more experienced mama's and other new mama's just like myself. My new baby girl was "Bam's Kitchen".

Bamiversary bavarian pretzelsBam's Kitchen was born out of a necessity so that I could feed and keep track of all the unique international dishes that even teenagers can enjoy. Since the birth of Bam's Kitchen, my youngest teenager has grown a foot and usually eats 2 or 3 dinners day. My eldest teenager likes to bring home his best 7 or 8 hungry buddies home for family dinners. In a nutshell, I get lots of practice perfecting my skills of creating international dishes that even teenagers will enjoy while living abroad.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Bam's Kitchen would not be Bam's Kitchen without all of you. A big thanks to everyone for all your support. Whether you are a silent supportive reader, dedicated commenter and foodie friend, or just passing by looking for a delicious recipe, your support it means a great deal to me. To Mr. Anonymous and to my hungry teenagers boys thanks for being patient and tolerating eating cold food so mom can take a picture before it hits the website. To all of my foodie friends that I have come to know well and that I can't picture life without them this recipe is for you.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

One of my very first visitors and dear foodie friend was Sibella from Baking with Sibella.  Sibella is a fantastic baker and every day I tell her she should open up a bakery shop. She has not yet and maybe that is a good thing so she has the extra time to share with us her wonderful yummy creations. If that was not enough, she is also a talented artist. You should check out her sinful food pictures, my teenagers every day say they are packing their bags and moving to Sibella's house.  If you have not visited Sibella's website please drop by and send hellos and enjoy those culinary baking masterpieces.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

One of my teenage boys favorite activities is to lean over my shoulder while I am reading everyone's yummy recipes and put in their food requests. My teenagers make hundreds of food requests each week (heck every hour) but there was one in particular that after they saw 5 months ago and have not stopped nagging me since. Baking with Sibellas' Pretzels.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Everyone is invited to the party this weekend. I am having a little gathering at my house and we are going to be making Sibellas' homemade pretzels and toasting a little champagne to celebrate Bam's Kitchen's 1st year blogiversary. I hope to see you this weekend but if you can't make it, please at least read along for this Bavarian pretzel recipe that is chewy, salty and fantastic hot from the oven.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Bam's Kitchen 1st Birthday Bavarian Pretzels 

Recipe from Baking Sibella (A special big thanks to Sibella!!!)

  •     3 ¾ cup (500 g) bread flour (used King Arthur)
  •    1 packet of yeast (Sibella used fresh yeast but I could not find that in HK)
  •    ½ TSP salt
  •    3 ½ TBSP (50 g) butter (room temperature)
  •    1 cup (250 ml) warm milk
  •    3 quarts (3 liter) boiling water
  •    5 tbsp baking soda
  •    Egg yolk with a little water (BAM addition)
  •    coarse salt for garnish


Step1: Sift the flour mixed with salt into a bowl and make a small hole in the middle. Thinly slice butter and place around the hole.

Step 2: Dissolve the fresh yeast in the warm milk and start pouring into the flour, mixing at the same time.

Step 3: Knead the dough by hand for at least 5 minutes. Dough will be quite firm and smooth and not sticky at all. Form a dough ball and let it rest covered for about 30 minutes. ( I covered my dough for one hour until my dough doubled)

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Step 4: Place the dough on a work surface and cut into 10 equal pieces. Form the pretzels or rolls. (I shaped mine into Letters- BAM)

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Step 5: Butter the baking pan. (Do not use parchment paper!)

Step 6: Boil the water and add the baking soda. Adding soda to the boiling water will make quite a reaction, so be careful!!! Let the water simmer and place each pretzel in the solution for about 30 seconds.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Step 7: Take out pretzels with a skimmer spoon and place them onto a well buttered baking pan.

Step 8: With a sharp knife or a razor cut the small slit on a top of each pretzel or a small cross on each roll. (I skipped this step by accident and still all came out well)

Step 9: Brush each pretzel with a little beaten egg yolk and Sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Step 9: Bake at 395 F (200 C) until golden brown. (I baked mine about 12- 14 minutes)

Step 10: Serve hot with butter and this is traditional. My boys love to dip in mustard or plain or anything your little heart desires. (If you have extra, you can put in a tupperware for a day or so and then re-bake for 5-10 minutes just to reheat before eating)

Bamiversary bavarian pretzels

Step 11: Lets raise our glasses and make a toast to Bam's Kitchen 1st Birthday and Sibella's yummy pretzels.

Take Care,


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BAMiversary Bavarian Pretzels

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July 15, 2012

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  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


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  • Happy Birthday BAM’s kitchen, wish you a joyful and blessed Bday fill with tons of love and laughter. Your pretzel looks fantastic , looking forward for more great recipes from your kitchen. Cheers.

    • Thank you so much and sending positive thoughts and yummy pretzels your way. Looking forward to keeping in touch this year. Take Care, BAM

  • Yay! Happy Birthday to BAM! And many happy returns. Those pretzels look awesome!

    • Thank you Martyna for being such a lovely supporter of Bam’s Kitchen this year. Bam’s Kitchen is a little more fun and brighter with you in it. Take Care, BAM

  • My dear friend Happy Anniversary and many, many more!!!!! I always so enjoy reading your posts and looking at the photos of all your exotic meals!
    Reading this just made my day! What a great job you did on pretzels! I love how you shaped them into BAM! 😀 Love to you and your family! <3

    • My dearest Sibella, We have come a long way together and I could not have done it without your support and kindness. I love your recipes and of course my teenage boys still threaten every day that they are coming to live with you in your kitchen. To many more years of friendship. Take care, BAM

  • Congratulations BAM!!! Nice work on your year anniversary – I wish I could jet set over there and eat one of these delicious little morsels!!

    • Dear Dawn, thanks so much for all of your support this last year. I love reading your recipes and look forward to keeping in touch for many years to come. Take care, BAM

  • Congratulations & Happy Anniversary, BAM! What a year, eh? Did you have any idea that blogging would be, for you, what it has become? I’d absolutely no idea. The experience has been such a surprise on so many levels. May your 2nd year and all future years be enjoyable and filled with many pleasant surprises.

    • Dear John, Bam’s Kitchen is delighted because I have been able to meet so many wonderful enduring foodie friends like your self. I had no idea where Bam’s Kitchen was going or where I would be today. However, I am sure glad I have found Bartolini Kitchens and can’t imagine life with out your culinary masterpieces. Take care, BAM

  • Happy anniversary!

  • Happy birthday beautiful BAM 🙂
    I hope you have many more years of fabulous success 🙂
    These pretzels look fantastic my friend, got for the celebration you deserve!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you CCU this year has even been better because you were part of it. I can’t look at a piece of chocolate without thinking of you so you have been a huge influence on Bam’s Kitchen. Looking forward to keeping in touch over the next several. Take Care, BAM

  • Happy 1st Blogoversary Bam! What a brilliant first year you have had. I am looking forward to tagging a long for the next year.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Thank you Mandy for being such a wonderful supporter during my first year. I can’t imagine Bam’s Kitchen without “the complete cookbook”! We have had a very fun year together. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh fantastic, good for you and i wish i could be there for a glass of champers, you are such a star! Happy Birthday Bams kitchen.. fab pretzels i must try my hand at those! c

    • We can have a toast from afar. Thank you for your support this year and looking forward to hearing about your daily adventures on the farm. Take care, BAM

  • Pretzel Mania in your Kitchen! Congrats – Here’s to Many More Years – YAY!!!

  • Happy Bamiversary! And those pretzels are terrific. I’ve never made them, and they look easy and totally delicious. Great pictures. Wish I was able to celebrate with you, but I’m celebrating with you virtually!

    • Here is a toast to us! Thanks for your support this year and looking forward to keeping in touch.
      Take care, BAM

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on celebrating your first year of Bam’s kitchen.
    I wish we were still neighbours so I could be chief tester – your recipes are awesome!
    Miss you and good luck for the second year. x

    • Thank you very much for your kind words and support! Can I send you some treats from Hong Kong?
      Take care, BAM

  • Dear, dear BAM, I’m so glad I met you and went along for the ride for at least part of your first year. What fun to hear you talking about Sibella and using one of her recipes. She’s a favorite of mine, too. Wish I could gather you all in from the four corners of the earth (you, CCU, Sibella, Jay and some others) and we’d whip up, and eat, so many foods. Happy 1st Anniversary and may you have many more.

    • Dear Kathleen, thank you for your kind words and your support. Bam’s Kitchen would not be Bam’s Kitchen without “Step by Step in the Kitchen’s ” fun and happy ways.
      Take Care, BAM

  • Awww, dear BAM, congratulation! You did well, and I wish you all the best for many teenagers to come! 🙂

    • Thanks Marina! I need all the best wishes I can get to feed a houseful of hungry teenage boys. I guess I will be chained to the stove for the next several years to come… LOL Take care, BAM

  • Congrats Bam! I’ve really been enjoying your blog and find it hard to believe that it has only been a year for you. These bavarian pretzels are making me drool. They look super yummy and I’m certain that my little ponytails would love them! Hope you had a lovely celebratory evening.

    • Thank you so much for your support and it has been fabulous keeping in touch with you and reading all of your delicious recipes. Your little pony tails would love these. Hey I was thinking that next time I make these I would cut them into little 2 inch nibbles just perfect for bite sized dipping into some mustard or maybe cheese or butter. You know the stuff that kids with pony tails like….
      Take care, BAM

  • Happy BAMiversary!
    Thanks for the yummy recipes 🙂

    • Thanks Carine. It looks like you had loads of fun at the market. In August we have a huge Hong Kong food Expo and Tea Fair so very much looking forward to that.

  • Happy blogiversary Bam, you’ve got a wonderful little corner of the internet here, very well done!

    • Thank you and it is a little happier that you are here visiting. Take Care, BAM

  • Happy B’day BAM!!!
    Wishing you many many happy and luscious years of food and blogging….

  • Congrats on your blog’s first birthday! I know we have not “met” for a long while, but I absolutely love your postings, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! My favorite part was when you talk about your teenagers hovering over your shoulder to look at food blogs and make their requests, how adorable and I can tell how close your family members are!

    The pretzels look wonderful, I am virtually chewing on them right now!

    • Thank you Jeno.
      Hungry teenage boys are either eating or talking about what meal is coming next. I guess I will be chained to my stove for the next few years. I hope they let me out of the kitchen long enough to write a post here and there…
      Take care, BAM

  • I raise a glass to you, and Happy BAMiversary! I so enjoy reading your blog, and may I say that you seem much more “professional” than just one year of blogging experience, and I mean that as a compliment, of course. Your pretzels look amazing. My husband has a great love of Bavarian pretzels, and would eat this whole batch. Congrats to you and I look forward to reading your second year of posts! Cheers! ~Betsy

    • Dear Betsy,
      Thank you for your kind comment and support this year. I wish you were here in HK to have a toast with me as Bam’s Kitchen is a little more special with you in it.
      I have really enjoyed meeting so many lovely people, it is like a whole new world out there. I have been enlightened but have so much to learn so I am glad we are foodie buddies.
      Take care, BAM

  • Happy BAMiversary. I’m so glad to have found your site because your dishes are really interesting, unique & just like this one, look really easy & foolproof. I definitely have a craving right now but think I’ll wait for the A/C in the kitchen to cool things down a little… more heat, even more humidity – kind of sucks the energy right out of you.

    • Thank you Diane! I completely understand about the heat factor maybe you can book mark this recipe for a cooler month.

  • Happy BAMiversary 🙂 I for one am very glad and thankful that you decided to start this blog. I love your recipes, stories and take on life. I enjoy reading your posts and have learnt so much from you
    Looking forward to many more years of following your posts BAM 🙂
    Pretzels have been on my must try list forever but I always seem to lack the courage. I need to change that!

    • Your kind comment means the world to me. Same back at you….
      Bam’s Kitchen would not be Bam’s Kitchen with out inspiration and support from Chef in Disguise. Looking forward to trying more of your yummy dishes this year.
      Take care, BAM

  • Happy Bamiversary!! haha. That’s so cuuute! I love these Bam pretzels!! Congratulations on your your baby’s 1st year!! Many more to come!! And yes i’m sure your kids must be the biggest fan of your delicious blog!

    • and their friends too!

    • Thank you Sammie. Mr. anonymous and my teenage boys tell me that Bam’s Kitchen is like the gift that keeps on giving….Thanks for your support and this side of the internet is a little more bright with Sammie in it. Take care, BAM

  • Happy Bamiversary!

    • Thank you for your support and looking forward to reading your yummy posts. Take Care, BAM

  • Happy blogoversary! Such a creative way to celebrate- Here I would have just made a boring old cake. 😉 Not only is the shape fantastic, but your pretzels look utterly delicious! Another recipe I keep meaning to try for myself one of these days.

    • Thank you Hannah, it has been great connecting with you and Bam’s Kitchen is a little more special with you in it. This is Sibella’s recipe from Baking with Sibella and yes it is very delicious. Hot out of the oven-my teenage boys demolished them. Take care, BAM

  • I enjoy stopping by your little corner of the internet, and always appreciate your support, too! Happy Blogiversary, and many more 🙂 Your family is blessed to have you – I can’t imagine all those hungry mouths to feed, and you do it all with a smile – it comes across 😉

    • Thank you for your kind words. Bam’s Kitchen usually has lot of action as teenage boys are ALWAYS hungry! Looking forward to keeping in touch over the years. Take care, BAM

  • Congratulations Bam. I had no idea your blog had been going for such a short time! I thought you’d been around for forever. Congrats on a very successful first year. Your teenagers sound so much like mine – always hungry! And your pretzels are perfect for your celebration xx

    • Thank you for your kind comment, it means a lot to me.
      I think only parents that have had or currently living with hungry teenage boys can truly understand the mass quantity of food that these boys can pack away.(They are growing like weeds!!!!) Best wishes to you and I hope they unchain you from the stove every once in a while… Take care, BAM

  • Hi Bam,
    Congratulations! Love your blog and recipes. This one looks mouthwatering. Wish I could try one.

    • Thanks Asmita. I hope you enjoy a virtual pretzel for now. I have to find a way to send them internationally while they are still hot….hmmm. Take care, BAM

  • Wow! Congratulations! What a delicious way to celebrate, I LOVE pretzels. They are one of the first things I learned how to make, yum!

    • Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment. I am on my way to your website now. Look forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • Congratulations on one year of blogging! The pretzels look wonderful.

    • Thank you Leslie. Next time I make the pretzels I will send you some. Take Care, BAM

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Happy Birthday Bam’s Kitchen, and congratulations on your first blog anniversary! Your kitchen sounds always so busy with your children (and their friends) and I’m sure your kitchen is quite famous at their school as a cool hang out place (where they get to eat delicious food!). I’d love t omake these pretzels. My daughter recently said she loves Pretzels (after not liking it for a while). Kids are so unexpected. They love one thing for years and years, while for some, they change their mind in one point all the sudden. Anyway, I’m so happy for you! I’m enjoying your blog and keep up great work!

    • Domo Arigato Gozarimasu Nami-san.
      I am also very proud and happy for you for making in the top 100 mommy blogs. Awesome achievement and you have worked very hard.
      Bam’s Kitchen is always bustling with activity and if you already feeding 2 kids what are a few more…
      Take care, BAM

  • Happy BlogAversary! well done on making it to one year – and these look like such a great recipe to try 🙂

    • Thank you Tandy. So what do I have to do on my end to get you to show back up on my wordpress reader list.? I re-added you but you are still not showing up. Take care, BAM

  • machisan

    Hmm. Scrumptious.

  • Happy Blogiversary Bam – love the look of the pretzels… especially the ones in the shape “BAM” – too cute :D. My wife loves pretzels, I’ll need to give these a go sometime – thanks for sharing the lovely looking recipe!

    • Thanks Charles. It took some trials and errors until I realized that you must make the “BAM” or each letter all one piece of dough or otherwise they come apart in the boiling process. I guess that is part of having a little fun in the kitchen. Take care, BAM

  • Happy happy birthday/anniversary Bam! I adore your blog am so grateful you started it. These Bavarian pretzels look incredible. Now I just need some cheese sauce and a cold beer. Heaven!

    • thank you so much Geni! Oh indeed a large cold beer and some cheese sauce sounds grand. I was thinking that next time I would make some pretzel niblets for dipping. (Just like they have in the movie theaters)Take care, BAM

  • Happy anniversary BAM ! And what a way to celebrate – loved that you spelt your name in pretzels. Looks like you will have a great party, may there be many more 🙂

    • Thank you Claire! Here is a toast to you as I wish you could be here. Take care, BAM

  • Congratulations on the anniversary!! This is such a great way to celebrate.

    • I really cannot believe it has been one year already. Wow time really flew by. Thanks for your support and take care, BAM

  • Happy BAMiversary! Love the BAM pretzels! I would love to come by for the champagne (And pretzels) but you live so far away! For now, will enjoy your recipe and hope you have a great time celebrating!

    • You are invited any time Shumalia. I thought of you this last week as guess what I made? Marsala Dosa’s. It sure would have been a blast if you were here in Bam’s Kitchen. Post coming soon… Take care

  • Happy birthday to your little girl! It’s been great knowing you and I love all the different cuisines that you’ve prepared – always making me drool all over my computer 😉

    • Xie Xie Ni Jasline for your kind comments and support this last year. Bam’s Kitchen is a little brighter with you in it.

  • Happy 1st Blogoversary, Bam!
    These soft pretzels are really adorable.

    • Hi Angie, Thanks for stopping by. I was just visiting your website and loved looking around at all of the yummy dishes. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • chinesesouppot

    Congratulations on the 1-year Bamiversary! The pretzels turned out so amazing looking! They are perfectly golden browned, and they just look delicious! I look forward to seeing many more posts from you in the years to come!

    • 谢谢 Sharon! Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, BAM

  • Congratulations! The pretzels look amazing!!

    • Thank you Lisa for stopping by. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, BAM

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