Monday, August 29, 2011
That's probably because the pretzels are really white. And if I've learned one thing about feeding small people, it's that they have a natural inclination towards white foods.
This is really quick, easy, and fun to make, no matter how old you are. My husband and I had a great time shaping pretzels while Irene cooped us up in the house for the day. For kids, you can give them the dough to play with and shape however they'd like -- like play-dough. Alphabet letter pretzels are always fun!
I've always made these with all purpose flour, but it would be fun and healthy to mix in a little whole wheat flour. I think my husband and I would be happy with 100% whole wheat, but for my students, I'd try half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. You can top these with salt -- coarse or kosher salts are best. Little and big people also really like cinnamon-sugar blends. I'm really curious to try them with a little Parmesan cheese or garlic or other herbs.
yields 16 or so small pretzels
from Mudworks, by MaryAnn Kohl
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups all purpose flour
1 egg (optional)
coarse salt, or sugar and cinnamon mix (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast. Pour the warm water on top, and stir until softened.
3. Add in the sugar, salt, and the four cups of flour. Knead with your hands until dough forms a solid ball. If it is sticking to your hands, add a little more flour.
4. Shape into pretzels, or any other shape you desire. You want each pretzel to be about the same size so none will burn. When working with children, I give them dough balls that are all the same size, which helps.
5. Beat the egg, and brush over the pretzels, if desired.
6. Sprinkle with any chosen toppings.
7. Bake 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.
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