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I made a pretzel crust last night (2 1/4 cup crushed pretzel crumbs, 10 tbsp butter, 1/4 cup sugar) and baked for 8 minutes. Though it tasted great, it was really crumbly and didn't really hold together. Any suggestions to keep it from falling apart?

asked by dahliat almost 7 years ago

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drbabs

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added almost 7 years ago

Here's a guess: the pretzels were probably really heavily coated and shiny so parts of their surfaces repelled the butter instead of absorbing it to hold the crust together. Does that ring true? You'd probably want to use a pretzel with a flat rather than shiny surface for the crust.

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added almost 7 years ago

I agree with drbabs on the coating. Another possibility is that the pretzels weren't crushed fine enough.

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drbabs

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added almost 7 years ago

Yes, that was my other thought, TiggyBee.

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added almost 7 years ago

It was shiny, and not all the pieces were fully crushed, so I'll try crushing them finer next time. Thanks!

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added almost 7 years ago

good idea though! did you use salted pretzels and turn it into a sweet/salty combo?

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added almost 7 years ago

Yup, that's exactly what I did. Put a chocolate layer on the bottom of the crust and then filled with peanut butter cream. The problem with the crumbly crust was that the chocolate was really hard to spread out and ended up lumpy, but still very tasty.

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