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Back to School Lunch Idea: Try Chef Lizzie Milian's Pretzel Hand Pies

Mini-Hand-Pie-RecipeChristina Milian isn’t the only talented gal in her family—her sister Lizzie (who you’ll get to know in the fam’s upcoming reality show) is trained chef and produces some out of this world dishes. Just in time for back to school, Lizzie shares her Pretzel Hand Pies (in three varieties) that taste just as yummy as they sound.

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Pretzel Hand Pies
(S’mores , PB&J , Brie and Jam)

1 1/2c warm water
2 tbsp sugar (split)
1 pk dry yeast
3 1/2 c flour (all-purpose)
1 egg
Course sea salt

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1. In a standing mixer bowl, combine warm water, 1 tbsp sugar and yeast. Let sit until mixture becomes foamy. If it doesn’t foam, the yeast is dead. Dispose of it and start with a new pack of yeast.

2. Place bowl on mixer with whisk attachment . While on medium speed slowly add flour and sugar. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.

3. Remove whisk attachment and replace with dough hook. Mix on medium speed for 6-8 minutes. If you don’t have a mixer, work with hands for 8 minutes.

4. Place dough in large bowl and cover tightly with plastic to proof and double in size. In 45 minutes – 1 hour, punch down dough.

5. On lightly floured surface, roll dough out 1/4-inch thick. Use a large cookie cutter or large cup to cut out rounds.

6. Take two rounds and place together to form a pocket. Fill the center (don’t over fill) with fillings of your choice:
– a spoonful of marshmallow creme, chocolate chips and cream cheese
– a spoonful of jam and a slice of Brie
– peanut butter and jelly

7. Using a fork, press the seams of dough together to seal in filling.

8. Boil a large pot of water (about 10 cups) and add 2/3 cup baking soda.

9. Slowly add pies to boiling water, a couple at a time. Boil 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.

10. Place pies on a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Make sure they are spread apart. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.

11. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minute or until golden brown. Remove and slightly cool before serving.

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