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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday Night Pretzels

We are creatures of habit and our weekly menu has some definite routine: Every Tuesday morning we have Creme Budwig for breakfast (curious about that?), baked oatmeal on Wednesday and Thursday, bagels on Friday. Friday night is homemade pizza night. And Saturday night has now become pretzel night.

As a teenager I used to make the soft pretzels from The Joy of Cooking. They are very authentic and delicious, but require that the dough rise twice and be dipped in boiling baking soda water before cooking. Not exactly convenient! About a month ago I found this quick and easy yeast recipe on another blog:

(From A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz)

1 tablespoon honey or sugar
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
coarse salt
1 egg beaten
Add the honey to the water; sprinkle in the yeast and stir until dissolved. Add 1 tsp. salt. Blend in the flour, and knead the dough till smooth.

Cut the dough into pieces. Roll them into ropes and twist into pretzels shapes. Place the pretzels on lightly greased cookie sheets and brush them with the beaten egg and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Our new Saturday night stand-by is simply warm pretzels served with salami and cheddar cheese slices and apple slices. The kids dip their pretzels in honey. I also like them with mustard. If you have a dough hook on your mixer, you don't even need to knead this dough by hand. And it survives the pounding of helpful two-year-old hands that abuse it into pretzel shapes!


Laura said...

We have had fun with this pretzel recipe, thanks for sharing! My preschooler has enjoyed attempting his letters.

I wish I had the time to upload pictures, etc. to my blog... it seems like blogging keeps getting pushed further and further down the list :).

Also, enjoyed the post about Great Books. I've got input, which I'll 'put in' when I have more time to think.


Mrs. Edwards said...

Forming letters with pretzel dough is a great idea! We'll have to do it this Saturday.

Blogging can be a bit of a distraction, can't it? I am interested in your comments when you have time.


Angela said...

This looks like a great recipe! I want to to try it tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

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