Pretzels


“Meet the teacher day” means kids home in the middle of the week. It means other kids hanging out here too and lots of hungry people. For entertainment value and for a fool-proof stomach stuffer, we made pretzels. It’s really just like making a batch of playdough (with yeast), sticking it in the oven and then eating it. Making the dough takes around 7 minutes and the shaping dough creatures can take up to an hour if the pretzel artists decide to remodel their monster into a car into a pretzel into hedgehog etc. Highly recommended. Don’t be scared away by having to use *active dry yeast*. It’s a cinch.

Pretzels

4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm water
2 teaspoons of honey
2 2/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt

for finishing them off to perfection:
beaten egg
granulated salt

Preheat oven to 400°f
Mix flour and salt
Mix warm (not hot) water with yeast and honey. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
Mix together and knead.
Make shapes (pretzel shapes, monster shapes, shapes of hedgehogs etc).
Brush with eggwash and sprinkle with an itty-bitty bit of granulated salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

To be eaten immediately. They are pretty tough if left for a day.

* thanks to my lovely friend Aidan Cassie, who introduced us to the world of pretzels *

– a late update : not all the kids dug the pretzels. Some thought they were down-right yucky. Rather than scrap this blog post about how awesome and easy pretzels are, I will just add in that they are “good, easy, and sometimes down-right yucky”. Personally, I thought they were delicious.