Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lenten Pretzels

Project #100 for Dreary Gray Day #100...Pretzels!

My son made these at Nursery School last week and brought home the recipe. They're extremely easy (granted you have baker's yeast just lying around - I was lucky enough to have a mailed sample stashed in the cupboard). He has fun "MOOOOSHING" the dough and then freaking out that he needs to wash his hands "NOOOOW, Mommy!"
If you have the time (and the yeast)'s the recipe:

2 Pkg. Dry Baker's Yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
4 c. flour

1. Put yeast in warm water
2. Add sugar and salt
3. Add flour
4. Knead for 5 minutes
5. Let sit - dough will rise (approx. 45 min.)
6. Knead on floured surface and form into pretzels
7. Brush with egg, sprinkle with salt
8. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes

Here's the little story that came with the recipe...

Lenten Pretzels...Did you know?

The pretzel was developed in the fifth century when Christians fasted from dairy products. These pretzels were shaped like arms crossed in prayer, because many early Christians prayed by crossing their arms over their breasts. Thus the pretzel is a sign of prayer and the cross.